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News Release

Nickel Bridge Wins 2012 John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on January 27, 2012

Nickel Bridge

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Karea Bailey’s love of art began when she was just three years old. As she grew up, she eagerly explored that interest, becoming a skilled artist who works in a number of mediums, including photography, painting and drawing. Her artistic talents also include design, presentation, art restoration and singing. Bailey transferred from Old Dominion University to John Tyler Community College to study photography and film. It is her passion for photography that is dramatically exhibited in Nickel Bridge, her artwork that claimed this year’s John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award. The black and white digital photograph features a serene, almost hypnotic view, of the James River with the Boulevard Bridge, known as the Nickel Bridge to long-time Richmonders, in the background. Bailey says she had driven on the bridge many times before but had never had the opportunity to stand back and look at its architectural beauty until the day she and her fiancé took a walk on a trail near Belle Isle. The site of the bridge surrounded by the calm waters of the James so inspired her that she took this award-winning photograph.

“There was stiff competition among this year’s entries, but Karea captured the hearts of the judges with her beguiling photo of a beloved Richmond landmark – the Nickel Bridge,” noted Beverley Dew, executive director of the JTCC Foundation. “Her artist’s eye must have been laser focused as she snapped the celebrated scene. Karea’s talent shines through the image for everyone to enjoy, but for those of us who grew up here and actually played on the banks of the James below the bridge, we see much more – a visual feast that transports us down memory lane. Hats off to Karea, to JTCC’s celebrated art program, and to the many talented students who have benefited from the stimulating instruction provided by gifted faculty!”

The John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award was first started in 1995 to showcase the artistic abilities of John Tyler’s students while providing donors with a unique gift from the College. Once the winning entry is chosen, it is converted into a poster. The poster is used extensively in friends-raising and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Foundation and the College. The award winner receives $100, a framed and matted copy of the poster, as well as additional posters for portfolios.

The following students were finalists for the 2012 Foundation Art Award (zip codes follow each name): Bailey (23233), Rebekah Abrisz (23832), Shilona Cypress (23803), Tiffany Farley (23834), Lynn Frampton (23831), Edward Gonzalez (23229), Savannah Smith (23113), Terry Lynn Smith (23834), Ilona Shuvalova Strunk (23237), and Robert Wynne (23236).

The John Tyler Community College Foundation relies on the generosity of the community to continue its work in securing the future of the College, its students, its faculty and its staff. Since most of the College’s graduates live and work in the area, gifts to the Foundation are an investment in the future of the community. Through donations, grants and endowments, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships for students, to fund academic programs and capital projects, to renovate and modernize classrooms and labs, and to encourage the professional development of John Tyler Community College’s faculty and staff. This work ensures the College continues its pledge of providing academic excellence while expanding the services it offers to fulfill escalating workforce requirements.

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 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 36 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 its Midlothian Campus Science Building, 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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