ARTS Worcester student exhibition showcases emerging artists and unique media
by Gwen Walsh
This year’s Colleges of the Worcester Consortium Student Art Exhibition offers a compelling student gallery experience with an unending list of different media. From traditional media like oil on canvas or woodblock print to more contemporary materials like old running shoes and driftwood, it is clear that the students selected for this show were not hesitant to demonstrate their inspiration and creativity. This is the Eighth Annual show of its kind at the ARTS Worcester gallery at the aurora, and students from Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Worcester Polytechnical Institution, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State University, Quinsigamond Community College, and our very own Clark University participated.
The opening for the show was on Friday, February 3rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and was very well attended. Live music was provided by Gamble and Burke and both the upstairs and downstairs galleries were packed with students, parents, friends, faculty, and of course many photographers.
Students were responsible for preparing their own art for display, which is an important learning experience for new entrants in the art world because it has a huge impact on how the work is perceived; some students were very thoughtful and professional with their presentations while others treated it as just another amateur show, and the discrepancy was very apparent. Overall the quality of work was quite impressive, and the atmosphere of the event, with scores of people interacting with and supporting emerging artists, was truly inspiring.
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And the winners are…
First Prize: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Paul Kinsky, sculpture, “North American Ghost Rhino”
Second Prize: College of the Holy Cross, Lauren Wright, sculpture, “Expose”
Third Prize: Clark University, Nina Eicher, painting, “John and Henry”
Honoroable mentions: Clark University, Caitlin O’Brien, photography, (digital print) “Morning Mist”; Clark University, Rick Segal, photo, (archival inkjet print) “Tree Fall”; Worcester State University, Rachel Lubanko, print “Untitled 63”; and College of the Holy Cross, Michael Auth, photo, “Pomegranate #3.”