Full house turns out to honor student artists

Story and photos by David Mendez

A standing room-only crowd turned out for the 2010 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition reception and awards ceremony at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery on April 7.

More than 80 students, friends and family of the artists were on hand for the awards ceremony, which saw Dana Waller take Best of Show for her sculpture, “Mt. Da Vinci’s Face.”

The sculpture was Waller’s first entry to a juried exhibition. She created the piece with visitor interaction in mind. The design allows visitors to rearrange the pieces in the sculpture’s base, like a puzzle.

“That’s the way I prefer the piece — in mayhem,” Waller said.

Sergio Resendiz, another first-time entrant whose work was chosen for exhibition, was jubilant to be included.

“It’s rewarding to see one of my pieces here, along with all of the other great work,” he said.

Robert Simpson, acting dean of the Arts, Communications and Humanities division, greeted award recipients along with Bernal Gallery Director David Andres.

“I’m amazed at the high quality and diversity of the works produced by our students,” Simpson said.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, continues through April 30. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and before most evening performances in the West Campus Center for the Arts theaters.

Other student artists honored include:

•    Chris Dawdy, Best of Two Dimensional
•    George Peñaloza, Best of Three Dimensional

•    Rodney A. Frable, Ceramics
•    Michael D. Steinle, Digital
•    Mary Howard, Drawing
•    Jamie Field, Fibers
•    Marika Szabo, Mixed Media
•    Jeff Cravath, Painting.
•    Danila Schultz, Printmaking
•    Rebecca Flores, Photography
•    Michael Karopakin, Digital Photography
•    Briana Irvine, Century Award
•    Rima Dolgoff-Kasper, Arizona Design Craftsman Award
•    Larry Gotkin, Arizona Design Craftsman Award
•    Zach Libetsh, Arizona Design Craftsman Award
•    Michelle Startzman, Arizona Design Craftsman Award

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