Winners of BGSU Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition announced

BOWLING GREEN, O.—The Bowling Green State University School of Art has announced the winners from this year’s Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition. The exhibition, on view until Feb. 23 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries at the Fine Arts Center, features a juried selection of art in various media.

Jurors Cynthia Cetlin and Neil Callander awarded the Medici Circle Best of Show as well as awards in additional categories.

Emily Fruth, a junior from Napoleon majoring in 3-D studies, won the Medici Circle Best of Show Award, plus a first place and two honorable mentions in metals/jewelry.

Also garnering multiple awards was Wesley Brown, a senior 3-D studies major from Dayton, who won the Ringholz Art Supply Award 3-D, first and second place in ceramics and first place in sculpture.

“I enjoyed seeing all of the different resources these students took advantage of,” Cetlin said. “It’s clear that there are a lot of options for them here.”

Cetlin is an art professor at Ohio Wesleyan University and a graduate of Barnard College, where she received her B.A. in art history, as well as the State University of New York at New Paltz where she earned a master of fine arts degree in metalsmithing. Callander serves as assistant professor of art at Mississippi State University. He earned a bachelor of fine arts from Indiana University and an M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

The BGSU art faculty also gave out 21 distinguished awards, including eight endowed James W. Strong Scholarships. The winners were honored Feb. 9 at the opening reception for the exhibition.

Every student in the undergraduate program was allowed to submit up to eight pieces of work. Groups of faculty specializing in each medium viewed the submitted pieces and chose which would be featured in the exhibition. This year, only 230 entries were accepted from the 405 who entered. 

Graphic design student Elsa Vogel said, “It’s my third year being in the show, and although I didn’t win, it’s always an honor. It truly shows all the hard work students put into their art and it’s always amazing to me to see the talent we have at the school.”

Vogel entered two pieces, one a copper etching, the other focusing on typography.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Special times can be arranged for groups or classes by appointment. The galleries will also be open on Presidents’ Day (Feb. 17) for prospective students.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Nathan, gallery director, at galleries@bgsu.edu.

The following is a list of students winning awards in the 2014 BGSU Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition. Names of students from Ohio are arranged alphabetically by home county and city. Those from other states are listed separately in alphabetical order.

Allen
Lima:
Abigail Young, a junior majoring in 2-D photography, won honorable mention in photography.

Cuyahoga
Bedford:
Emily Glenn, a junior majoring in graphic design, won the Eugene Fenn Endowed Scholarship.

Cleveland: Rashawn Carter, a junior majoring in digital arts, won first place in digital imaging.

Strongsville: Jessie Short, a senior majoring in art education and 2-D studies, won honorable mention in drawing and the James W. Strong Studio Art Centers International Scholarship.

Darke
Versailles:
Bridget Mescher, a junior majoring in graphic design, won the John and Norma Richards Design Award and second place in design.

Franklin
Bexley:
Zach Mellman-Carsey, a junior majoring in jewelry and metals, won second place in metals/jewelry.

Dublin: Alaina Nogar, a sophomore graphic design major, won first place in painting.

Fulton
Swanton:
Kaitlyn Krueger, a sophomore 2-D studies major, won second place in drawing.

Geauga
Chardon:
Taylor Wilkes, a junior majoring in 2-D studio art, won the Thomas Hilty Scholarship, the James W. Strong 2-D Tuition Scholarship and first place and honorable mention in drawing.

Hamilton
Cincinnati:
Hannah Sypniewski, a junior majoring in 2-D art, won honorable mention in painting.

Hancock
Mount Cory:
Alexis Collert, a sophomore art education major, won the Charles and Carol Harper Book Award and honorable mention in photography.

Henry
Napoleon:
Emily Fruth, a junior majoring in 3-D studies, won the Medici Circle Best of Show Award, plus a first place and two honorable mentions in metals/jewelry.

Huron
Wakeman:
Erin McCarty, a junior majoring in 2-D studies, won honorable mention in sculpture.

Lorain
Amherst:
Benjamin Midkiff, a junior majoring in digital art major, won honorable mention in painting.

Lucas
Maumee:
Brach Tiller, a sophomore 2-D art major, won honorable mention in painting.

Toledo: Patrick Kurtz, a junior majoring in graphic design, won honorable mention in design. Juliette Hebert, a junior majoring in 2-D studies, won second place in printmaking. Kerry Kirkpatrick, a junior majoring in digital art, won honorable mention in digital imaging. Davis Hartman, a junior 3-D studies major, won the Art Glass Travel Award.

Medina
Medina:
Kitty Baker, a senior art education major, won honorable mention in ceramics.

Montgomery
Dayton:
Wesley Brown, a senior 3-D studies major, won the Ringholz Art Supply Award 3-D, and first and second place in ceramics and first place in sculpture.

Putnam
Columbus Grove:
Cassie Wolfe, a senior digital art major, won second place in digital imaging and honorable mention in animation and video.

Sandusky
Bellevue:
John Baker IV, a senior 2-D photography major, won the Ringholz Art Supply Award 2-D and both first and second place in photography.

Trumbull
Niles:
Elizabeth Beltz, a junior majoring in 3-D studies, won the Charles Lakofsky Art Award.

Tuscarawas
Dover:
Lauren Roth, a senior 2-D photography major, won honorable mention in photography.

Wood
Bowling Green:
Sarah Buddendeck, a senior painting and drawing major, won the Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print Award and first place in printmaking. Kai Lee Liu, a freshman 3-D studies major, won the Alumni Association Award and second place in animation and video. Guy Dachik, a junior majoring in art, won second place in sculpture. Nicole Szparagowski, a sophomore 3-D fine arts major, won first place and honorable mention in glass.

Northwood: Jordan Mack, a senior fine art major, won second place in painting and honorable mention in glass.

Perrysburg: Bethany Wright, a senior ceramics major, won honorable mention in metals/jewelry. Nicholas Orzechowski, a junior majoring in graphic design, won the Craig A. Schnuth Memorial Glass Scholarship Award and second place in glass.

Wayne: Anita Britt, a junior majoring in 2-D studies, won honorable mention in printmaking.

Illinois
Island Lake:
Christopher Coco, a senior sculpture major, won the Dr. Beth Casey Student Sculpture Award and the James W. Strong 3-D Tuition Scholarship.