Awards announced for student art show


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“Peace and Love” by Allison Peyton was named Best of Show by judge Jane Marie (right).

The annual All-Student Art Exhibition which showcased work by Hastings College students was held earlier this semester. More than 20 works were selected for the show, with “Peace and Love” by Allison Peyton of Fremont, Nebraska, being named Best of Show.

Allison Stratton of Elkhorn, Nebraska, received the Best 3D award with “Extension of Self,” and Dakota Pritchard of Windsor, Colorado, received the Best 2D award with “Confidence is Prosperous.”

Student works selected for the show included:

  • Mary Baum of McCook, Nebraska — “Edge of the Kingdom,” linoleum print
  • Josie Cooley of Council Bluffs, Iowa — “Leviathan,” digital
  • Abby Dallegge of Omaha, Nebraska — “Silent Suffering,” gaia, ceramic, paint, whiting
  • Kylie Ketelsen of Omaha, Nebraska — “Glass and Bones,” oil paint; and “Submission,” ceramics with slip-dipped crochet

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    Jane Marie (left) with Allison Stratton, who received the Best 3D award with “Extension of Self.”
  • Lily Krahulik of Lyman, Nebraska — “Puryear Maquette,” wood
  • Alexis Linnebach of Olathe, Kansas — “Treat Yourself Friday,” ceramics
  • Melinda Montoya of Hampton, Nebraska — “Green Man,” stoneware
  • Jackson Pedersen of Roskilde, Denmark — “It’s Ok,” oak, wood, chains, and metal
  • Allison Peyton of Fremont, Nebraska — “Pedro,” clay; and “Peace & Love,” clay
  • Kimberly Pollak of Gilbert, Arizona — “The Wave,” glass
  • Dakota (Kota) Pritchard of Windsor, Colorado – “Confidence IS Prosperous,” photography
  • Liam Sites of Erie, Colorado — “Organic Vessel,” stoneware
  • Janet Soto of Hastings, Nebraska — “The Beauty of Diversion,” metal, paint, jewelry, thread
  • Allison Stratton of Elkhorn, Nebraska — “Extension of Self,” steel, aluminum, fishing line
  • Jake Torres of Cozad, Nebraska — “Untitled,” ceramics; and “Two Circle Self Portrait,” digital
  • Rea Weideman of Fremont, Nebraska — “Self Portrait with Vines,” oil paint; and “Currently Unnamed,” oil paint
  • Mackenzie Whitlow of Genoa, Nebraska — “Untitled,” mixed media/digital canvas print; and “Untitled,” digital poster print
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“Confidence is Prosperous” by Dakota Pritchard was given the Best 2D award.

This year’s exhibition was judged by artist Jane Marie. From a young age Marie developed keen observational skills growing up under the wide-open skies of southwest Nebraska on a fifth-generation dryland family farm. There she experienced the focused seasonal cycles of farm work ingrained in her by a long line of farmer ancestors. Pleasure, then and now, comes from being outdoors exploring pastures where nature is more natural. Colors in nature are like a beacon to her. Marie has an eye for noticing unusual juxtapositions, intertwining ways and divergent wanderings. She uses her observations in nature as metaphors in her art, to make connections that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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