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Transylvania honors Juried Student Art Show winners

people in a gallery

Transylvania University on Thursday celebrated this year’s Juried Student Art Show winners in Morlan Gallery.

Showcasing Pioneers of all majors in a range of media — from sculpture to video to drawing — the exhibition runs through May 19 with a closing-night reception during the LexArts HOP from 5-8.

“This year, we have 101 pieces of artwork in this exhibition, with close to 200 submissions overall,” Morlan director Anthony Mead said. “The selected works and ‘best of’ awards were chosen by a group of jurors who had a challenging time picking due to the incredibly high level of work throughout the exhibition.”

Among the recognitions each year is the Dean’s Purchase Award. Kayla Bushman won this show’s honor with a gouache painting titled “Thursday Morning in Brown.”

“I selected Kayla’s piece for the accomplished skill of gouache painting that went into making it and because it transported me back to the many hours spent in lab settings when I was a student — the curiosity that drives experimentation and the excitement of getting interesting results,” Dean Rebecca Thomas said. “I am very pleased to have Kayla’s painting remain at Transy as part of our permanent collection of student artwork.”

Award winners

Visual Art Committee Purchase Award
This is a new honor this year. Winning works will become part of Transylvania’s permanent collection showcased around campus. This year’s winners are Savannah Kinster’s painting “A Memory,” and Kayla Bushman’s drawing “Thompson 209.”

Best in Painting – Kaelyn Chambers for “It’s Just Damage” and “I Know When You Stare”
Best in Drawing – Becca Orjala for “Three Graces” and “You and I”
Best in Ceramics – Ashley Johnson for “If I Were a Bird”
Best in Video – Jacob Forman for “Bleach”
Best in Sculpture – Alice Beatty for “Ruffled Feathers”
Best in Photography – Leigh Kostenbader for “The Faerie”
Best in Printmaking – Katie Axon for “A Familiar Place”
Best in Digital Art – M’Kiyah Baird for “Untitled #1”
Best in Show – Christina Duvall for “Our Competitive Nature”

Dean’s Purchase Award: Kayla Bushman – gouache painting “Thursday Morning in Brown”

Abbott Art Scholarship: Kaelyn Chambers