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News Release

Student Artists Recognized for Their Talents

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on April 19, 2012

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Bold colors, the drama of black and white, intriguing textures, and powerful imagery – this is what you’ll find as you walk the halls outside John Tyler Community College’s art studio. Photographs, paintings, ceramics, three-dimensional art, and graphic art are on display for the College’s 2012 Student Art Show. This year’s show was juried by Jorge Benitez, a member of Virginia Commonwealth University’s art faculty. This year’s winners are as follows (zip codes are in parentheses):

Best in Show
Linda Fern Schmiel (23113)
Artwork – Junkyard

Main Art Award
Elliott Smith (23112)
Artwork – Self Portrait

Robert Wynne (23236)
Artwork – Cross and Stones at St. Columbia Bay, Iona

Plaza Art Award
Brian Smith (23236)
Artwork - Gargoyle

Campbells Ceramics Award
Donya Heide (23112)
Artwork – Set of Blue/Brown Plates

Richmond Camera Award
Johanna Stoneking (23834)
Artwork – Goose

Jonathan Burnley Graphic Design Award
Becki Abrisz (23832)
Artwork – Art Academy

J. Wade Ferrell Award
Aaron Bivins (23872)
Artwork – Leviathan

Karen Gammon Drawing Award
Brian Smith (23236)
Artwork – Depth

Honorable Mentions
Linda Fern Schmiel (23113)
Artwork – Orange

Terry Lynn Smith (23834)
Artwork – Mandy & Mindy

Donya Heide (23112)
Artwork – 3-D Portrait of Nusch Eluard

Orlando Williams (23234)
Artwork – Orlando Express

Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri (23233)
Artwork – Geometric Blossom

The students were honored at a reception earlier this month. Their work will remain on display at the Midlothian Campus, on the second floor of the Academic Building, until April 28, 2012.

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 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 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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