Student Art Prize: One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure

Student artists showcase their “recycled” concepts in creative projects located throughout the campus. 

Fifteen art projects — each focused on the theme “recycled”— are scattered throughout the campus as part of the 2017 Alma College Student Art Prize competition.

Students, parents, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to vote on the submissions through Wednesday, Oct. 4. Voting booths are located next to each of the indoor exhibits as well as beside several of the outdoor installations. A central voting station is located in the Clack Art Center door entrance, and votes for any project may be made from any voting station. It is asked that each person vote only once.

A closing reception will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Clack Art Center. Winners will be announced. Projects will be removed by Sunday, Oct. 8.

“This year’s theme resonated with the students,” says Jillian Dickson, the competition’s faculty advisor. “Recycling and the idea of bettering the Earth for future generations are important to these students.”

The student artists integrated the theme into both the projects’ materials and concepts. For example, the collection of works housed in the half circle arch outside of the Alma College Library is actually re-creations of famous works, such as the Mona Lisa, but crafted from recycled materials.

Another creative piece found inside the library, titled AlumiKnight, uses 3,000-plus soda can tabs intricately and meticulously weaved together into a tapestry of armor.

The annual campus art competition is open to students from all majors.

“Next year I would really like to see submissions in the form of dance, theatre, film and written works,” says Dickson. “I want to see the Alma College Student Art Prize become a truly interdisciplinary competition.”

Project names, locations and creators are as follows:

  • Living Lights in McIntyre Mall by Anissa Keeler & Logan Rettell
  • Recycled Eras in the half circle outside of the library by Zachary Meyer, Marina Stack, Anissa Keeler & Calum Clow
  • The Mystic Study outside of Gelston Hall by Elly Jauquet, Alyse Townsend & Sarah Manwaring
  • Looking Forward in the Eddy Music Building by Alexa Piotrowski
  • Trashin’ Fashion in the Heritage Center by Jessica Morr
  • Slain the King and the Subject in McIntyre Mall by Sarah Garrod
  • Puppet Master in the Hamilton Commons lobby by Spencer Wehner, Paige Shaw and Ivy VanPoppelen
  • Landscape in the Clack stairwell by Jessica Mayne
  • Shatter Me in McIntyre Mall by Anissa Keeler
  • AlumiKnight on the first floor of the library by Logan Rettell
  • Glass Waters in the Clack lobby by Allison Henry
  • Global Unity in the Tyler-VanDusen hallway leading to Joe’s Place by Whitney Miller
  • The Cost of Your Closet in the Tyler-VanDusen hallway leading to Joe’s Place/conference room across from ACUB Lounge by Spencer Wehner
  • Super Plaid Brothers in the Tyler-VanDusen hallway leading to Joe’s Place by Shayla Crawford
  • Elemental Fantasy in the Clack lobby by Mikahla Koehler
Story published on September 21, 2017