Students win awards, money for art

On Thursday, Jan. 14, the Cummings Art Gallery opened its doors to the Mercyhurst College Juried Art Show with a reception and award ceremony.

“The show is very eclectic,” senior Angela Long said. “It has a wide range of media that add a lot of dimension to the show.”

The show consists of printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital imagery, drawings, paintings and several mixed medium.
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The show was judged by jurors Jean Stull and Lois Wiley, retired art teachers of the Erie School District, who chose 61 works of out of the 130 submitted to represent this year’s show.

Out of the 61, nine awards were given out: six honorable mentions, and third, second and first place purchase awards.

First place went to junior graphic design major Ryan Perkins for his Digital Image, “The Looking Glass.”

Second place went to junior graphic design major Chris Borzilleri for his black and white silver print, “Self Portrait.”

Third place went to senior art education major Betsy Morningstar for her Drypoint etching, “Austin in the Rain.”

Honorable mentions went to junior graphic design majors Kellie Cope, Lisa Bathory and Megan Jarosz, senior art education majors Jeremy Weber and Kristina Dahlgren and senior advertising major Angela Long.

The purchase awards were in the amounts of $100 for third place, $200 for second place and $300 for first place and went to the following.

The overall turnout not only in the number of entries received, but also the amount of the community and student body was one of the highest so far this year.

“The turnout is outstanding. It’s nice to see so many students, mostly those who aren’t art majors coming out to support their friends and fellow students,” said Professor Dan Burke, chair of the Mercyhurst Art Department.

“It’s a quality show that shows the breadth of work being done by the majors at Mercyhurst,” Burke added.

The show will be on display until Sunday, Jan. 24. The gallery will be open for viewing on Tuesday through Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and additionally on Thursdays from 7-9 p.mTyler Stauffer photoTyler Stauffer photo