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Art students at Chemeketa are showing off their pieces in the 2019 Student Art Show

On May 15 Chemeketa art students gathered in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery to have their art pieces evaluated and awarded by an outside jury group. First, second and third prizes were given out, as well as purchase and recognition awards from the president, vice president and each dean. The first prize winner, Elaina Eberz, got $400, the second prize winner, Erin Ross, got $200 and the third prize winner, Maura Phay, got $100. The President’s Award was given to Maura Miller and the President’s Purchase Award was given to Rachel Dudek.

The student art show is an annual exhibit that occurs in the last two weeks of spring term. This year’s jurors were Jonathan Bucci, the curator of collections and exhibitions at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and artist Johnny Beaver, who hails from Portland and was a previous resident artist at Chemeketa in 2017. The juries are set up so that entering students get as fair a judgment of their artwork as possible. All decisions on prizes and awards take into account scores given on the pieces by the standing jurors, on multiple factors. The awards presented by the college president, vice president of academic affairs and the dean of students mean that the pieces they were awarded to will be hung in their offices after the exhibit ends.

Students were allowed to submit art pieces made up of most conventional mediums, such as painting, pencil and sculpture.

“I feel like they did really good this year, there’s a huge variety of art,” Deanne Beausoleil, Chemeketa’s full-time art history instructor, said about the students who submitted their art this year. “…There are things that represent…what they may have done in art classes, and there are things that also represent students obviously taking their own initiative to be creative.”  

Chemeketa’s Student Art Show is an annual spring term event. The current show at the Gretchen Schuette Gallery in Bldg. 3 ends June 7.

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