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Winners Selected for Wildwood Juried Student Art Exhibit

May 04, 2017

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Participants in the Juried Student Art Exhibition included, from left, Tracey Snyder, Michelle Streiff, Vicki Hefty, Mary Osborne, Dion Dion, Kim Kordonowy and Leslie Randle. 

The annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood featured nearly 100 pieces that were created during the summer, fall and spring semesters.

Kordonowy artwork  
Kim Kordonowy’s piece earned the People’s Choice

From drawings and paintings to mixed media works, the exhibition is a competitive event for all students in the Art department.

Like real-world art exhibits, Wildwood’s student show is juried by a professional artist who selects pieces for artistic merit awards.

This year, local artist Ruth Reese juried the exhibit. Reese holds a master’s degree in fine arts from Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University in New Orleans. A nationally exhibiting artist, she has shown her work at various galleries, including: Red Heat (Okla.), Visions in Clay (Calif.), the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Arizona, the Racine Art Museum (Wisc.), the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art (Texas) and the Evansville Museum (Ind.). She also serves as the director of Reese Gallery, an artist-run space in St. Louis.

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Best of Show Award went to Jo Jasper Dean. 

In addition to recognizing students with artist merit awards, the campus community voted on a People’s Choice Award.

Winners of the 2017 Juried Student Art Exhibition were:

  • People’s Choice – Kim Kordonowy
  • Best of Show – Jo Jasper Dean
  • First Place – Vicki Hefty
  • Second Place – Leslie Randle
  • Third Place – Dion Dion
  • Honorable Mention – Tracey Snyder, Milton Blood, Michelle Streiff, Mary Osborne

Hefty artwork  
Vicki Hefty’s piece received the First Place Award. 

“I always enjoy this exhibition because it showcases the diversity and talent of our students,” said Mark Weber, professor in Art. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to share their artwork with the campus community.”