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Statewide Art Exhibit on Display at EMCC

MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College sophomore Natalie Runyon took Best of Show in the Mississippi Community and Junior College Art Instructors Association State Art Competition for her drawing of paper lunch bags titled “Various Lunches.”
            “I was really surprised,” Runyon said of learning she had won Best of Show. “I had only done one other charcoal drawing in class before.”
            The other drawing Runyon referred to is titled “Spray Can and Ribbon,” which won an honorable mention in the competition’s Drawing category.
            Runyon’s work and that of students from colleges across Mississippi who submitted artwork for the statewide competition are on display at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus on the second floor of the student union in the art gallery, fitness center and hallway. The gallery is open to the public.
            There are nearly 150 artworks that can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through April 12. An award reception for the student artists will take place in the student union art gallery April 13 at 10 a.m.
            Categories in the competition include Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Two-dimensional Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Three-dimensional Design/Sculpture.
            Each year, one of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi hosts the art competition.
            In addition to Runyon, other winners from EMCC are:
·        Amanda Chandler, first place in Drawing for her charcoal work titled “The Chair in the Corner”
·        Addison Garrett, honorable mention for her graphite drawing titled “Hands on Art”
·        Lexie Maier, honorable mention for Two-dimensional design for her cut paper design titled “Lines”
            “Our students did really well in the competition this year,” said EMCC art instructor and Honors Program Director Scott Baine. “I was really excited about some of the artwork they submitted and thought we had a pretty good chance of winning an award. They did better than I even expected.”
            The two judges for the competition this year were Shawn Dickey, chair of the Department of Art and Design at Mississippi University for Women, and Mississippi State University art lecturer Rowan Haug, who teaches Three-dimensional Design and Foundations.
            Dickey said he looks for technique and voice when judging students’ artwork.
            “We want to catch a vision of what they are about,” Dickey said. “These are freshmen and sophomores so maybe they are not quite there yet but if you can at least see a glimmer of potential and promise that can go a long way.”
            Both Dickey and Haug said the competition is a great opportunity for art students to showcase their works.
            “It is great for the students to get out of college with a juried show, something they can show on their resume,” Haug said. “And it makes them feel good. It makes you feel like you are a real artist when you can see your artwork on display up on the wall.”
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East Mississippi Community College sophomore Natalie Runyon took Best of Show in a statewide art competition for her drawing of paper lunch bags titled “Various Lunches.” Students from colleges across Mississippi competed. Their work is on display in EMCC’s Golden Triangle student union.

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