Local Arts Competition Features Student Winners

Ania Bui ’18 won first place for photography.

March 9, 2016  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Four Illinois Wesleyan University students have received awards in the McLean County Arts Center 89th Annual Amateur Art Competition.

In the categories for University students, jurors Dawn Getler and Josh Cox selected Nghi Nguyen ’18 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) for first place in Sculpture; Ania Bui ’18 (Warsaw, Poland) for first place and Justice Macklin ’16 (Flossmoor, Ill.) for second place in Photography, and Nancy Qu ’17 (Changshu, China) for first place in Painting. The students are all art majors at Illinois Wesleyan. Their work will remain on exhibit through April 23 at the McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington.

The Amateur Arts competition encourages high school, university, and amateur adult artists to submit works in painting, graphics, sculpture, and photography/new media categories. The first and second place winners in each category and age level receive a cash prize.

“The competition was jurored by two working artists, Dawn Gettler and Joshua Cox, and going through a tough juroring process is great professional practice,” said Illinois Wesleyan Galleries Director Ian Carey. “Participation in events that are both inside and outside of the IWU campus gives students an opportunity to show their work as well as gain valuable experience.” 

By Emily Phelps ’19