By Evan Koukios
President of Washtenaw Community College, Rose Bellanca, spoke of the importance of this year’s Student Art Show at the awards reception on March 15, 2016.
“It is a perfect celebration for our 50th, and we will certainly highlight it in everything that we do in terms of our 50th,” Bellanca said.
130 works of art were on display on the second floor of the Student Center and nine prizes were awarded within three categories. Belinda McGuire, an art instructor, announced the winners for 2-D and 3-D Art, and Ingrid Ankerson announced for Digital Arts. The prize winners received a $400 tuition award for first place, $200 gift certificate for art supplies for second, and a $50 gift certificate for classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center for third.
The winners were:
First: Irene Mokra, life drawing portrait
Second: Keith Amidei, cut paper
Third: Mayle Mejia, painting
First: Adam Rogozinski, sculpture
Second: Robroy Ross, sculpture
Third: Mike Tuccinni, ceramic vase
First: Karolina Kocovska, photograph
Second: Mike Chu, film
Third: Keith Amidei, graphic design
McGuire and Ankerson announced comments from the judges. For first place in 2-D Drawing, regarding Irene Mokra’s portrait, judges said Mokra displayed, “Rigorous drawing with excellent contrast, texture, and light. She captured the emotional state of the subject. A complete work.”
Judges called Adam Rogozinski’s first place 3-D Art sculpture, “A mature work.” They added, “This abstracted human form sculpture has a strong contemplative and emotional impact. The placement of the forms was right on target.”
Regarding first place in Digital Arts, Karolina Kocovska’s photograph, “This photograph captured a slice of life, a moment in time. The photo has the feel of a narrative. We are intrigued, we know that the movement is meaningful. The photo’s composition is complex, unified and satisfying.”
The show will be up until the end of the month, March 31, 2016, on the second floor of the Student Center, where visitors can see for themselves the breadth of WCC’s arts curriculum and the talent of its students from these classes represented.