At the Miller Art Gallery

Student art show competition showcases MCCers talents

Meridian Community College student Jason Wilson, a soon-to-be-graduating sophomore in the 3D CAD Engineering Technology Program, was selected the Best of Show winner at MCC Annual Fine Arts Student Competition.

Wilson received this top recognition, the John Michael Rushing Purchase Award, during a ceremony at the opening reception for the MCC Fine Arts Students exhibition in the Miller Art Gallery Thursday, April 11.

The ceramic piece, “Lazy Lizard Fountain,” came from an idea Wilson had from when he previously worked in the landscaping industry. “I had experience working with outdoor fountains,” he said about creating the work. He threw five different pieces and merged them into a winning piece that featured ceramic lizards resting on the top edge.

Jeffrey Haupt, professor of art at Mississippi State University, served as a juror for the MCC Annual Fine Arts Student Competition and Show he described as impressive. “Good work is coming out of this department,” he added. John Marshall, MCC art instructor and curator for the Miller Art Gallery, said the show gives MCC art students an advantage. “They’re getting experience to what it’s like to have their works in a professional arena,” he said.

Wilson was one of 13 art students whose works earned an award in this show that will be on display through April 25. For his efforts, Wilson received $200 monetary award, and the “Lazy Lizard Fountain” becomes a part of the College’s permanent collection.

Wilson came to MCC to look for a new career after a back injury sidelined him. He initially intended to apply to study in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program but turned to drafting and design instead. “I had no idea that I would love it (3D CAD Engineering Technology). I have a 4.0 grade point average,” he said. Plus, he has a job waiting on him as a geosystems information technician after he graduates in May.

Wilson also won the first place for another ceramic piece, “Aquamen’s Den.”

Other winners in the show included:

Ceramics: Patricia Flowers, “Where’s the Bait,” second; Noah Adams, “Cinnamon Swirl,” third; and Flowers, “Mirror,” honorable mention.

Two-dimensional design: Chloe Garner, “Abstract Shapes,” first; Jeanné N. Brookins, “Afrocentric,” second; Jolie Culpepper, “Pretty in French,” third; and Gary Huffmaster, “Life Elsewhere,” honorable mention.

Drawing: Culpepper, “Afternoon Tea,” first; Anna Reid, “No Thoughts,” second; Garner, “Marshall’s Still Life,” third; and Reid, “The Soviet’s Tea,” honorable mention.

Graphic design: Garner, “Self Portrait,” first; Culpepper, “Winter Princess,” second place; Brittany Barnhardt, “Kirk Vonnegut,” third place; and Garner, “Stay a Float,” honorable mention.

Photography: Travis Wall, “Freedom Tree,” first; Leyton Thomas, “Gardenias,” second; Olivia Collins, “Cold Pit of Hell,” third; and Darius Arrington, “Happiness” honorable mention.

The cash awards are underwritten by the MCC Foundation. First place winners received $100; second place, $75; third place, $50; and $25, honorable mention.

The show is open to the public and admission to the Miller Art Gallery is free of charge. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information, contact Marshall at 601.484.8647.


Photo: Jason Wilson with his winning work, “Lazy Lizard Fountain.”

“Lazy Lizard Foundation” got the Best of Show nod at the MCC Annual Fine Arts Student Competition.

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