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2012 Student Art Exhibition

Posted: 02/10/2012

Skidmore’s Annual Student Exhibition, sponsored by the College’s Studio Art Department, is the legacy of emeritus Professor David Miller, who launched the event more than 30 years ago. He believed in offering an opportunity for students to prepare their very best work for a selective show. Drawing on his friendships and connections with gallery owners, artists, professional critics, and museum curators, Miller set a standard that continues today: providing students with the chance to interact with a juror who is an artist or who has experience in the field of art.

The juror for the 2012 exhibition, on display until March 4 in Skidmore’s Schick Art Gallery, was Deborah Zlotsky, artist and associate professor of art at the College of St. Rose in Albany. She described her task: “As a juror, I must quickly assess the merits of each work…. I’m searching for a distinct point of view articulated through a carefully chosen visual language.” She said that she seeks “a unique, concentrated and unexpected experience,” and looks for work that “reveals crisp, thoughtful and specific choices about materials, medium, color, scale and myriad other visual and sensory possibilities.”

Zlotsky chose the 64 pieces in the show from approximately 180 submissions in all media: ceramics, graphic design, drawing and painting, electronic media, fiber arts, metals, photography, printmaking, installation, and sculpture. All submissions had to have been created in 2011.

In addition Zlotsky selected the award recipients listed below. Prizes and gift certificates totaling almost $1,500 are funded annually through donations made by friends of the gallery, campus organizations, and Saratoga Springs businesses. The award winners are always announced at the exhibition’s opening reception, typically one of the first big celebrations of the spring semester.

Zlotsky told the student artists, “Congratulations to every student for the perhaps astonishing desire to make art when conventional wisdom seems to undermine the urgency and necessity of art making in our culture. The world needs art. It is not an ‘extra’ — it is fundamental to the way we are human, expressive, and full of anxiety and curiosity.”

The following are the 2012 Student Art Exhibition award winners:

Schick Art Gallery Award            
Caroline Bailey ’14 for Cascade
$350 Prize

Tang Teaching Museum Award        
Diego Sierra ’13 for Chocolate Love
$250 Prize

Renee Van Dewater Memorial Award in any Media
Rachel Fisher ’12 for Untitled No. 2
$250 Prize

Renee Van Dewater Memorial Award in Painting
Grace Troxell ’13 for Composition No. 2
$250 Prize

Soave Faire Award
Julia Luckett Cox ’12 for Annie
$150 Gift Certificate

Pro Arts Award
Leah Carey ’14 for The Golden Gate
$100 Prize

Allerdice Building Supply Award
Anne Porter ’12 for I Won’t Do It Again
$75 Gift Certificate

Adirondack Trust Award
Kate Imboden ’13 for Wall Hanging No. 1
$50 Prize

Skidmore Shop Award
Brendan Mahony ’14 for Untitled
$25 Gift Certificate

Honorable Mentions
Elaine Burns ’12 for All Grown Up
Ella Davidson ’12 for Head of Exploring
Rivkah Gevinson ’13 for Untitled (digital photo & collage)
Jacquelyn Grandon ’13 for Child’s Play
Ariel Levine ’12 for No-Hands Sweater
James Lyness ’13 for VD ’11

Photos by: Elise Auger '14 and Marielle Briant '14