Schoonmaker earns top art show honor for second year; Winning artwork on display April 1 at Runnymede Hotel

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Schoonmaker earns top art show honor for second year; Winning artwork on display April 1 at Runnymede Hotel

March 28, 2016

 Student Best of Show award winner
Northwestern Art Society treasurer Megan Metcalf, Enid sophomore, places the student area Best of Show ribbon on a watercolor painting titled “Painted War Horse” by Shania Schoonmaker. This is the second year in a row that Schoonmaker has earned top honors in the campus art show.
 Non-student Best of Show winner
Northwestern Art Society president Amanda Metcalf, Enid sophomore, hangs the Best of Show ribbon in the non-student area on a black and white photograph titled “Lake Michigan” by Northwestern alumna Lavanya Jaganathan.
 People's Choice Winner

The overall People’s Choice winner in the 13th annual NWOSU Art Society Art Show went to a drawing titled “Cam” by Megan Garnett.

For the second year in a row, the Best of Show honor on the student side in the annual Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society Art Show has been awarded to a watercolor painting by Shania Schoonmaker, Longdale sophomore.

The painting, titled “Painted War Horse,” has earned Schoonmaker a $75 prize, along with $50 as the Visual Arts division winner, and $15 for first place in the watercolor category.

This painting will be among more than 100 other winning pieces of visual art, artisan crafts and photographs that will be on display at the annual “Winner’s Show” during the First Friday Art Walk Friday, April 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Runnymede Hotel. Patrons will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece for a People’s Choice Award.

The Best of Show ribbon in the non-student area for current and retired Northwestern employees and alumni has been awarded to 2007 alumnus Lavanya Jaganathan, who sent her artwork in from Chicago. Her photograph, titled “Lake Michigan,” also was named the Photography Division winner and first in the Black and White photography category.

Taking the top votes for the People’s Choice Award and a $50 prize is Megan Garnett, Alva junior, for a drawing titled “Cam.” This piece also placed second in the drawing category, earning her a $5 prize.

The 13th annual NWOSU Art Society Art Show had entries from Northwestern students and alumni, as well as current and retired employees of the university. Students earned prize money and ribbons for their winning pieces while the non-student winners earned ribbons only.

A complete listing of all winners in every category is available on the Art Society web page at

“I’m so excited for all of our winning pieces,” Angelia Case, Art Society sponsor, said. “The judges once again had a difficult time selecting the top pieces and went back and forth in discussions several times throughout the evening of judging. They were very impressed with the talent in all areas of the show. I also want to thank everyone who took the time to sign our guestbook, provide comments and vote for our People’s Choice winner. Thirty-eight of the pieces earned votes from their peers, and the artists should be very proud.

“We take your comments and suggestions seriously,” Case added. “We made some changes to this year’s show based on comments and suggestions from last year. As always, if you have ideas, please let us know.”

Artists may pick up their winning pieces at the Runnymede at the close of the downtown show Friday. Prize money earned at the on-campus show also will be available at the Runnymede.

Artists who have not picked up their artwork from the on-campus show or winners’ show, should contact Case to make arrangements at (580) 327-8577, or stop by her office in Fine Arts 211.

Anyone with questions or wanting to learn more about the Art Society should contact Case. For those interested in more information about the Visual Arts program at Northwestern, please contact Kyle Larson, assistant professor of art, at (580) 327-8108 or