FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2018
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Each spring, the Student Juried Art Exhibition at Sheridan College gives art students the chance to enter their best work in a professional-style exhibition. They compete for Best in Show and, new this year, the Theodore Waddell Print Prize, both of which include cash prizes.
“I believe the exhibition has taken place every year since the beginning of Sheridan College, so for about 70 years,” said Brittney Denham, art faculty member.
This year, each student was allowed to enter up to five pieces, and works selected to be in the show were installed in the Edward A. Whitney Gallery and the Neltje Student Art Gallery in the Whitney Center for the Arts. College art faculty members choose a qualified juror from the community each year to judge the exhibition, and this year, they selected Tracey Kikut, residency manager at Ucross Foundation.
“We chose Tracey because she is constantly working closely with top-notch artists from around the country and world who complete residencies at Ucross,” said Denham. “So she has a great pulse on the arts.”
Julie Rieder, from Sheridan, won Best in Show with her two blind contour portraits done in graphite, called “Mourning in the Melt” and “Don’t Put Me in a Bin Because of my Skin”. Blind contour portraits are created when the artist draws a subject without looking at their work.
The Theodore Waddell Print Prize was awarded to Taryn Bohlman, from Powell, Wyo., for “New Beginnings”, a 5-color floral serigraph, also referred to as a screen print. Bohlman, who will graduate this December and is engaged to be married, said the piece took her about 20 hours to complete and represents all of the positive changes happening in her life.
Rieder received a $200 cash prize for Best in Show. Because of a generous donation from artist Theodore Waddell, Bohlman received a $1,000 cash prize.
“I am so humbled and thrilled to receive this award,” Bohlman said. “I plan to use the money to buy frames and art supplies, so I can continue to create new pieces.”
The Student Juried Art Exhibition takes place each spring semester, and Denham says it helps inspire her students.
“The exhibition is a great opportunity for students to receive professional feedback on their artwork and push themselves to create something they are really proud of,” said Denham. “As an instructor, that’s really rewarding to see.”