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Art students shine at River Valley competition

March 8, 2016
By cnp
Posted in Art

The University of the Ozarks art program was well represented at the recent 2016 Collegiate Competition, held at the River Valley Arts Center in Russellville, Ark.

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Angie Brooks took second place in the River Valley Arts Center’s 2016 Collegiate Competition for her sculpture, "Stuck."

Angie Brooks of Clarksville took second place with her sculpture, "Stuck." In addition, senior Matt Wellborn of Green Forrest, Ark., was awarded an honorable mention for his painting, "Anxiety."

Other students from Ozarks who submitted entries in the competition included, Obed Gonzalez, Jacey Coleman, Sam Binns, Carmen Castorena, Azalia Molina and Aubree Sisson

"I am pleased with the quality of the artworks in this exhibition from the University of the Ozarks students," said Tammy Harrington, professor of art at U of O. "It is important for the students to participate in art exhibitions and competitions because it is an essential part of the profession of art. It is an honor for Angie and Matt to be recognized for their efforts. One of our goals in the art program is to prepare the students so they can create artworks of both technical and creative mastery in order to be competitive in juried competitions, internship opportunities, and employment in art-related fields. "

In other news regarding the art program:

  • Castorena’s artwork, "The Perfect Tommy Girl" video, was accepted into the Womxn Are Perfect! juried exhibition at Galleria de la Raza in San Francisco, Calif. The exhibit is up through March 25, 2016.
  • Wellborn’s artwork, "Assumption vs Reality-ADHD," was accepted into the How Do I Identify - Myself, Works Exploring Identity juried exhibition at Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif. The exhibit runs through March 26, 2016.!upcoming/c1yyb. Matt received Academic Enrichment funds from the University of the Ozarks to help cover travel costs and he was able to attend the reception.
  • Chelsey Becker, a 2015 Ozarks graduate, had her artwork, "Gold Lining: Myself and Jared," accepted for publication into the book Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew, published by North Light Books. The book will be available to the public in September 2016.…/incite-4-relax-restore-renew-win…
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Matt Wellborn received an honorable mention for his painting, "Anxiety."