Art — Saint Anselm favorite returns

Saint Anselm favorite returns


By Michelle Saturley


Juried show gives students the exhibit spotlight

The Fine Arts students at Saint Anselm College received a brief break from all that learning and will get a chance to be stars during the annual Student Art Show, which opened Mar. 31 at the college’s Alva deMars Megan Chapel Art Center.

“We were extremely impressed with the level of quality of the entries this year,” said Martha Sawyer, assistant curator at the Chapel Art Center. “We were also thrilled to have on board the judges who oversaw the competition.”

The jury members for this show were Ben Frank Moss and Cynthia Reeves. Moss is a professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College and Reeves is from Spheris Gallery in Bellows Falls, Vermont, as well as the Reeves-Contemporary gallery of New York City.

“Having them here to judge the show lent a jolt of prestige to the proceedings, and it was a big deal for us and for the students,” Sawyer said.

This year’s show is the most diverse yet, featuring digital imagery, mixed media, drawing, painting, traditional photography and printmaking.

The work of 20 Saint Anselm students is spotlighted.

Sawyer said being in the show was no easy feat for the students.

“Not only are they judged on the quality of the work, but they must also be in good academic standing in all of their classes to participate,” she said.

“It really asks that the students be able to juggle all their responsibilities and still create.”

The opening reception to honor the students and jury members on Mar. 31 revealed the list of award winners.

They are as follows:

Premier Award: Abigail Woodman, “Reflections,” oil on canvas. E.W.Poore Award: Emily Cooke, “Organ Pipes,” gelatin silver print. Gerald and Christine King Award: Adam Mills, “Experimenting with Light,” fiber based print.

Color Shop Award: Carolyn Tose, “Nude Study after Ann Piper,” “Cold Hands Warm Heart,” charcoal, and pencil on paper.

Drawn from Life Award: Adam Mills, Still Life, charcoal on paper.

Honorable Mentions: Amanda McGowan, “Completion of an Instant,” photograph, handmade paper, printed transparency, bookboard, sketches, atlas map, and magnetic poetry. Elizabeth Phinney, “Study,” gelatin silver prints. Emily Cooke, “Golden Gate Bridge,” gelatin silver print.

—Michelle Saturley

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