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Kendall Students/Faculty Take Top Honors in Regional Art Competition

Posted March 3, 2010 in PublicStudentStudentPublic

A Kendall faculty member and three students received top honors at the 24th annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition.

This year‚??s competition was jurored by Armin Mersmann, known for his intense naturalistic graphite drawings, as well as his work in oils. Mersmann‚??s work has been shown in more than 150 exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally.

Taking first place was Adam DeKraker, Assistant Professor, Photography, for ‚??Inward/Outward,‚?Ě a toned silver print.

Two Kendall Illustration seniors also received honors. Taking second place was Lisa Ambrose for ‚??Angel,‚?Ě oil on board. Rebecca Green captured fourth place with ‚??Tower of Learning,‚?Ě also oil on board.

Sculpture and Functional Art senior Dustin Farnsworth received special Juror Recognition for his piece, ‚??Menagerie.‚?Ě Regarding Farnsworth‚??s piece, Mersmann stated, ‚??Craftsmanship, not obsession, is certainly a marker in this work. The tilted perspective with its topped circus tent adds to the mood of bygone days. Partly collapsed, partly sturdy and rigid, this work has a very strong sense of crafting different materials. A wonderful work.‚?Ě

The exhibition runs through April 10 at the Lowell Area Arts Council, in Lowell, Michigan. Winning entries can also be viewed online.