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News Release

Art Show Displays the Talents of John Tyler Community College’s Student Artists

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on April 04, 2014

Art Show Displays the Talents of JTCC's Student Artists Get a Grip by Gloria Grimes

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – From whimsical to realistic and thought-provoking to imaginative, the artwork featured in the 2014 John Tyler Community College Juried Student Art Show highlights the talents and creativity of the College’s art students. The show features oil paintings, photography, 3D sculptures, drawings, ceramics, graphic art, mixed media and more, and it displays the skills learned through a variety of Tyler art classes. “I believe this show is a testament to not only the wonderful talent of our students but the comprehensive, high-caliber instruction they’re receiving in our Visual Arts Program,” says Colin Ferguson, professor of art at John Tyler.

More than 70 pieces of art make up this year’s exhibit, which was juried by Kris Iden, artist and interim adult education director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. As Iden announced the award winners at the March 28, 2014 opening reception, she described her job as juror to be a difficult one because of the caliber of the entries.  The winners are as follows (zip codes are in parentheses):

Best in Show
Leslie Corbitt (22437) 
Artwork:  River Oaks Sunrise

John Tyler Community College Bookstore Award
Meagan Tate (23120) 
Artwork:  Untitled

George S. Ferguson, III Ceramics Award
Donya Heide (23112) 
Artwork:  Bowling with Style

Richmond Camera Award
Gloria Grimes (23801) 
Artwork:  Get a Grip

Plaza Artists Materials Awards 
Patricia Faris (23112) 
Artwork:  Madison

Diane Willson (23113)
Artwork:  Afternoon Sunlit Still-life

Karen Gammon Drawing Award
Randy Patton (23832) 
Artwork:  Beth

Jonathan Burnley Graphic Design Award
Natisha Coleman (23225) 
Artwork:  Wedding Date

J. Wade Ferrell Award
Bunnie Comer (23060)
Artwork (3 pieces collectively won):  Havoc Chalkboard Time-LapseMatchstick Waves Burning; and Untitled

Honorable Mentions 
Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri (23233) 
Artwork:  Homage to Stick-Stack-Show

Casey Lynne Robertson (23237) 
Artwork:  2:37 am

Tommie Smith (23237) 
Artwork:  Chattering Up the Agate

The community is invited to visit John Tyler Community College to enjoy the 2014 Juried Student Art Show. The exhibit will remain on display through May 2, 2014. It is located at the Midlothian Campus on the second floor of Eliades Hall. 

Photographs of some of the artwork and artists, as well as the opening reception, may be found at  Interested in taking an art course at John Tyler? Information about classes being offered during the Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters may be found at

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 14,000 students during the 2012-13 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates, and 34 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,200 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. 

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