The Annual Student Art Exhibition discovers many talents

The Spring 2019 Art Talentships competition occured in March.

The art division students displayed their works in a variety of genres, such as drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media.

Nineteen students received monetary awards from $45 to $345 per person. The students who received awards were Jordan Sears, Tatyana Nyborg, Madeleine Taylor, Kimberly Swan, Bianca Lopez, Noah Zwayer, Julie DePetris, Alberto Chong, Laura Ferguson, Katie Wilson, Annie Davis, Brandon Scott, Henry Bennett, Zara Newton, Nathanael Hrncir, Andrew Day, Tessa Waddell, Ashlynn Mitchell, and Emmalee Benzel.

Dewayne Pass, Tulsa Community College (TCC) art professor, said: “The top award winners were Noah Zwayer, Henry Bennett, and Kimberly Swan.”

The art works presented at the exhibition were remarkably different from each other and beautiful.

Tessa Waddell showed her Impressionist’s style “Happy Place” landscape done in pastels.

“This is my third year with TCC,” said Waddell. “I will be moving to Virginia and I will be looking for a job as art assistant or game designer.”

“I am very surprised to receive the award,” she said.

Another impressive pastel and “Conte” crayons drawing is “Self Portrait” by Kimberly Swan. She portrays herself as a young woman with big messy hair who smokes a cigarette. It is a well done, colorful caricature.

Noah Zwayer is a master of detail. His charcoal drawing “Grasping” and acrylic painting “Self Portrait 2018” are executed in realistic style where values serve the purpose to depict a volume.

Ashlynn Mitchell received the award for her Trompl’oel acrylic painting “Untitled.” The pencil and bear gummy in the painting look so real that a viewer has a desire to grab them. Mitchell successfully achieved the goal of creating a three-dimensional effect on a plain canvas.

Larissa Hermandez presented a sculpture “El Armor Propio” made from mixed material, such as plaster and fabrics. The sculpture is a figure of a four-legged animal with a human face. The “creature” is a reference to mythological art of Ancient Egypt and Greece.   

Audrey McCormick explores the world through mixed media, such as canvas, paints, wood, and strings. Her work “Over and Over” is an unusual experiment of combining all the materials to create a fresh, new composition.

The watercolor painting “Flower Arrangement” by Judy Benarrous has strong diagonal composition and good color contrast. The orchid flowers are surrounded by a black background, which looks like an innovation in watercolor technique. Black under paintings or backgrounds are traditional for oil or acrylic paintings, but not watercolor.

The TCC Annual Student Art Exhibition is always a celebration of new ideas, experiments, and new talents.