Students Honored at Juried Student Art Show

Aunt Caroline
"Aunt Caroline," a photo by Anna Kerr-Carpenter '17, won the School of Art Purchase Award.

April 18, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— More than a dozen students were honored with awards during the 30th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and the BFA/BA Senior Arts Exhibits at Illinois Wesleyan University.

The exhibition celebrates the achievements of students who are majoring or minoring in art. All aspects of the art program are represented: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, 3-D design, ceramics, glass and sculpture. In addition, works of the five seniors (Kaining Li, Kelly Mangan, Makenna Merritt, Naijun (Nancy) Qu and Lucero Sanchez) are on display.

Students and awards included:

Allison Guenette ’19 (Omaha, Neb.): Gallery Award for her acrylic on canvas “Self Portrait II”

Lixuan (Ivy) He ’20 (Zhuhai, China): Faculty Selection Award for her conte crayon work “Unfinished”

Anna Kerr-Carpenter ’17 (Elk Grove, Calif.): Dyke Alumni Award for her photograph “Cocoon” and the School of Art Purchase Award for her photograph “Aunt Caroline”

Rebecca Kordas ’20 (Orland Park, Ill.): Faculty Selection Award for her glass and photo work “Fitting” and the Admissions Purchase Award for her conte drawing “Parade”

Divine Timekeeper
"The Divine Timekeeper" by Hieu Vu '19 won a President's Award.

Dora Ling ’18 (Zhenjiang, China): Faculty Selection Award for her monoprint “Travel Journal”

Naijun (Nancy) Qu ’17 (Changshu, China): Ames Library Purchase Award for her photograph “Nothing Ever Happened” and Senior Exhibition Honors recognition

Lucero Sanchez ’17 (Chicago): CLA Purchase Award for her acrylic painting “Buscando Mi Color”

Joi Stack ’18 (Chicago): Faculty Selection Award for her graphic design “The Humanistic Tradition”

Jenna Taylor ’20 (Normal, Ill.): President’s Award for her monoprint “Yugen”

Hieu Vu ’19 (Hanoi, Vietnam): Faculty Selection Award for his video “Spawn” and President’s Award for his design “The Divine Timekeeper”

Emily Wilkes ’19 (St. Charles, Mo.): Gallery Award and Mayo Alumni Award for her monoprint “Boy” and Office of Residential Life Hall of the Year Award for her acrylic painting “Just another thing hanging over your head”

Kerry Zhang’17 (Shanghai, China): Sipich Alumni Award for his monoprint “I am sweet but I ain’t candy”

The exhibit remains on display through April 27 at the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building. Gallery hours are 12 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday evenings, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

By Reilly Kasprak ’17