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Second Annual Alma Art Prize Asks ‘Who Arted?’

Three groups of students and one individual display their creative works in this year’s competition, which features paper and string as the material challenge.

Works made of paper and string highlight the second annual Alma College Student Art Prize, which begins Monday, Sept. 19, and continues through Thursday, Sept. 29.

Three groups of students and one individual are displaying their creative works in this year’s competition, titled “Who Arted?”

Artwork Displayed in Multiple Campus Locations

The pieces are rather large in size and may be found throughout the Alma College campus. Their locations are in the main hall of Hamilton Commons, the central stairwell of the Alma College Library, the hallway leading to Joe’s Place and the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery.

At each location there is a voting booth where students, faculty, staff and visitors may cast a vote for their favorite work of art. Voting will take place from Monday, Sept. 19, until Monday, Sept. 26. The creator, or creators, of the winning work will receive a small cash prize.

All advanced art students are required to participate in the event, says faculty advisor Jillian Dickson. At present, the competitors are all art students. However, Dickson expresses an interest in expanding the participant pool to students of all majors.

“I envision the competition as becoming an interdisciplinary and true liberal arts event,” she says. “Collaborative works from students across several disciplines have educational and artistic potential.”

Campus Community Encouraged to Vote for Favorite Work

Last year’s Alma Art Prize, featuring electrical tape as the material challenge, occurred over homecoming weekend, with many votes tallied by parents and alumni as they made their way through campus. While this year the gallery schedule made it impossible for the same to occur, it is hoped that more members of the student body, faculty, staff and public will enjoy the exhibition, says Dickson.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. A closing reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Story published on September 16, 2016