Huntington announces winners of Student Art Exhibit

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University recently hosted the 16th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit from April 3-13, 2006, in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Sculptor, potter, teacher, and gallery owner Charlie Cummings served as guest juror for the exhibit. Cummings is the owner of the Charlie Cummings Clay Studio and Gallery, located in Fort Wayne, Ind. He selected the work for the student art exhibit as well as awarded best of show, first place, second place, third place, and special achievement recognitions.

“As artists we all have the drive to create, but medium and technique are only a vehicle for communication,” Cummings said. “When we present our work to others there needs to be something there to move them. After three hours it was easy to choose the award winners. All of the award winning artworks combined good presentation, skillful use of medium, achievement of intent, and originality of idea…but all of these things came together to become something more. They became artworks that I will continue to ponder and cherish.”

The pieces for the exhibit were created by Huntington University students, freshmen through seniors, who are enrolled in one or more art courses. This was the first exhibition for the work. All types of media were represented.

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An artist reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday, April 8, 2006, in the Wilson Gallery. The following students received recognitions:

Award Recipient Award Title of Work Medium

Ben Hopper Robert E. Wilson “Shell Series” drawing
(sophomore graphic design Purchase Award (triptych)
major from Huntington, Ind.)

Trista Watson Best of Show “Boot” wire sculpture/ (sophomore visual arts education 3D design
major from Chambersburg, Pa.)

Luke Hopper First Place Overall “Lucent” photography(senior graphic design major from Huntington, Ind.)

Keri Badenhop Second Place Overall “Armchair” drawing(sophomore graphic design major from Archbold, Ohio)

Trista Watson Third Place Overall “Scorpion” balsa wood (sophomore visual arts education sculpture/3D design major from Chambersburg, Pa.)

Ben Hopper Outstanding “Paper Bags” drawing(sophomore graphic design Achievement: Drawing
major from Huntington, Ind.)

Ben Hopper Outstanding “Linear Design Exercise” 2D design(sophomore graphic design Achievement: Drawing
major from Huntington, Ind.)

Angela Broman Outstanding “Static” 2D design(freshman graphic design Achievement: Drawing
major from Bluffton, Ind.)

Nathan Bucher Outstanding “Forest Glen” photography (senior elementary education Achievement: Photography
|major from Silver Lake, Ind.)

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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