Winners of the fourth annual New College Juried Student Art Show were announced on Feb. 9th. Their pieces were on display in the Isermann Gallery in the Caples Fine Arts Complex until March 2. Judge Kim Russo, Department Head of Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design, looked for three qualities in the works. “One: intelligent and sensitive use of materials and attention to craft,” Russo said. “Two: a conceptual idea that seemed personal—not a response to an assignment. Three: [a] confident point of view.”
First place and $300 in prize money went to alumnus Ben Sims (‘07) for his piece Group Performance in acrylic on board. Second place was awarded to thesis student Eugenie Fortier for her piece entitled Roof. Thesis student Sherry Haber took third place for her two oil portraits, Burst and Tremble.
The show is open to students who have enrolled in a minimum of one art course within the two semesters before submitting their area of concentration prospectus, Professor of Art Kim Anderson considers it a stepping stone to other forums. “Our alums are going on to do great things in the field, utilizing their background in art either directly or indirectly, many getting their first taste of participating in a public realm through the juried exhibition,” Anderson told the Catalyst in an e-mail. “Other alums are pursuing MFAs in nationally and internationally recognized programs including VCU, CCA, SAIC, Goldsmiths and Tufts. The juried art exhibition provides early exposure to the realities of public display and demands a different sort of critical eye in the assessment of one’s work. It is also an excellent venue in which to view the work of future art professionals.”