Drawing, photo win top honors in campus art show; show closes March 29, moves downtown April 4

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Drawing, photo win top honors in campus art show; show closes March 29, moves downtown April 4

 Best of Show winners

Entries submitted by Valarie Case and Megan Garnett take the Best of Show prizes at the 11th annual Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society Art Show. Garnett’s drawing also captured the campus People’s Choice award. Their work, along with all other winning entries in this year’s show, will be on display April 4 at Murrow’s FrameArt from 6 to 8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. The show in the J.W. Martin Library closes March 29.

A pencil drawing and a landscape photograph earned the Best of Show awards during the 11th Annual Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society (NAS) Art Show. The show continues in the J.W. Martin Library through March 29.

These Best of Show winners, along with all other winning entries will be displayed for one day only during the First Friday Art Walk events in downtown Alva April 4. The show will take place at Murrow’s FrameArt from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In the student area, a drawing titled “Grandpa Bob” by Megan Garnett, Alva freshman, captured the Best of Show honor and a $75 prize. On the employee/retiree/alumni side, a photograph titled “The Post” by Valarie Case, university relations specialist, was honored.

Garnett’s drawing also captured the eye of those voting for the People’s Choice award, earning a special ribbon and $50.

A complete listing of all winners in every category is available on the art society web page at www.nwosu.edu/nas-art-show and also may be viewed at the winner’s show downtown.

Angelia Case, sponsor of NAS, is pleased with the quality and types of artwork entered in this year’s show. Sixteen students entered 134 pieces into this year’s show, and nine individuals in the non-student area entered 115 pieces.

 NAS hanging ribbons

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society members Nicole Marema, McPherson, Kan., freshman (foreground), and Megan Garnett, Alva freshman, hang ribbons on the winning pieces of art during the annual campus art show in the J.W. Martin Library in Alva.

“In our student division, we have more drawing and painting entries than we’ve ever had in our 11 years of providing this show,” Case said. “This is so exciting.”

Case said she believes the increase in the fine arts categories comes because of the various classes now provided in Northwestern’s Studio Art program. Students may now take classes that will lead to a minor in Studio Art.

“Megan Garnett, our student Best of Show winner, is a student in the Studio Art program, and also a member of the art society, so naturally we are very proud of her accomplishments,” Case said.

Case was impressed with the work of everyone who entered this year and said that she enjoys seeing the progression of artwork from those who enter each year.

“It’s fun to see our fine artists and photographers growing in their work each year,” she said. “Each year we seem to have outstanding work.”

Case also noted that voting for the People’s Choice Award was close adding that 51 different pieces received at least one vote.

Case also praised the members of the art society for the hard work they’ve done this school year in preparation for the annual art show. Because of their efforts, NAS is able to present nearly $900 in prize money for the winning student entries.

“This is what our members work toward all year with fundraising,” Case said. “We have $875 in prize money to give out, plus at least $200 invested in ribbons, plus other costs in printing and supplies. We’re also thankful to the Student Government Association for the $250 it provides for student prize money.”

Like the campus show, guests attending the winner’s show during the First Friday Art Walk are encouraged to vote for the artwork they like best for a “People’s Choice” ribbon.

All non-placing artwork should be picked up from the second floor of the library by 5:30 p.m. on March 31. Winning pieces may be picked up at Murrow’s FrameArt after 8 p.m. on April 4. All remaining artwork should be picked up no later than 5:30 p.m. on April 7 in Fine Arts 211.

To learn more about the art society, please visit www.nwosu.edu/art or contact Case at (580) 327-8577 or arcase@nwosu.edu, and to learn more about the classes in Northwestern’s Studio Art program, contact Jave Yoshimoto, assistant professor of art, at (580) 327-8108, jgyoshimoto@nwosu.edu or www.nwosu.edu/studio-art.

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