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News Release

John Tyler Community College Art Students’ Talents on Display

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on April 16, 2013

John Tyler Community College Art Students’ Talents on Display Time Passes Away by Terry Smith

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Personal, thought-provoking, colorful, dramatic and imaginative – these are just some of the words that come to mind when walking among the eclectic mix of artwork that makes up the 2013 Juried Student Art Show at John Tyler Community College. The show features work in mediums such as oils, charcoal, photography, ceramics, wood, cardboard and paper and puts the many talents of the College’s art students on exhibit. “It’s amazing to see the increase in quality and variety of our students’ artwork year after year as our Visual Arts Program expands,” says Colin Ferguson, professor of art at John Tyler Community College. “I’m always surprised how they continue to top themselves with more challenging, creative, thought-provoking and well-crafted pieces every semester.”  More than 90 pieces of art make up this year’s exhibit, which was juried by Michael Gettings, artist and Chesterfield County Public Schools visual arts instructional specialist. During an opening reception on March 29, 2013, Gettings announced the award winners. The winners are as follows (zip codes are in parentheses):

Best in Show
Terry Smith (23834)
Artwork – Time Passes Away

Plaza Art Awards
Robert Miller (23832)
Artwork – Koi Fish of Maymont

Donna Sully (23222)
Artwork – Ready for Breakfast

John Tyler Community College Midlothian Bookstore Art Award
Tyler Bond (23112)
Artwork – Untitled Toothbrush

Richmond Camera Photography Award
Kathleen May (23852)
Artwork – Vacancy

Rosewood Pottery Ceramics Award
John Mallon (23114)
Artwork – Koi Jug

Karen Gammon Drawing Award
Megan Way (23114)
Artwork – Point of View

Jonathan Burnley Graphic Design Award
Jenna Farley (23834)
Artwork – The Witches Spell

J. Wade Ferrell Art Award
Donya Heide (23112)
Artwork – Windy Bones

Honorable Mentions
Annabel Goodridge (23113)
Artwork – Still-Life with a Beer Mug

Donya Heide (23112)
Artwork – Dancing Tea

Joann Mosman (23113)
Artwork – Sitting by the Window

The community is invited to visit John Tyler Community College to enjoy the 2013 Juried Student Art Show. The exhibit will remain on display through April 26, 2013. It is located at the Midlothian Campus on the second floor of Eliades Hall.

Photographs of the artwork, artists and opening reception may be found at  http://www.flickr.com/johntylercc.  Information about upcoming art courses at John Tyler Community College may be found at http://www.jtcc.edu/schedule.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 18 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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