WWCC Art Student Awards Ceremony

First place winner, Brooklynn Ollis with her two photographs. His winning track, “To the Soul” is bottom right.

Wyo4news Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING— Western Wyoming Community College recognized the best student art projects on April 29 at an awards ceremony held at the art gallery. Surrounded by their works of art, three western students were recognized for the works they had created during the school year.

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The ceremony showcased the best student artwork from the past year. The ceremony included drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, ceramics and sculptures selected from 32 courses offered by 275 Western students. The prizes for the best works were presented during the awards ceremony on April 29. The winners were Brooklyn Ollis, “Cozad” and Zach Birch.

Ollis won first prize for his photograph entitled “To the Soul”. Describing the processes behind the development of the winning photograph, Ollis explained: “The original photos were for profile assignment. I was kind of experimenting with what I wanted to do for my final project. In both photographs, I put tape where the eyes would be. Without the eyes, you only get the expression. People say the eyes are the gateway to the soul, so when you take that away you are left with only the soul.

Cozad next to their charcoal drawing, Lark.

Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art, Jacob Muldowney said:I think I can speak for the entire Western Arts faculty in saying that we are very proud of the level of work the students have produced this year. It is an exceptional student exhibition. They worked very hard to develop their technical skills, but they were also open to experimentation and trying new things. I think this openness to experimentation is really exemplified by the variety of approaches and styles you see in the student exhibit this year. Our students have a bright future ahead of them.

Zach Birch with his oil still life, Imposing Still Life.

Cozad won second place for his charcoal drawing, Lark. Asked about the name behind the piece, Cozad explained that the design was her cousin’s and, “…every time I text him, autocorrect changes his name to skylark, so skylark.”

Birch Oil Still Life, Imposing still life, won third place. These highlight pieces were just a small fraction of the artistry on display with honorable mentions also presented on April 29.

Some of the art student‘s work will be in place throughout the summer. Due to graduating students, the complete collection will not be available. The art gallery’s hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The College is closed on Sundays. Summer hours may vary.

For more information on the art program or classes, contact Jacob Muldowney at [email protected]. To learn more about Western’s art program, visit westernwyoming.edu/art. Fall registration is open and classes are filling up fast, so don’t miss your spot and register today.

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Kayleen C. Rice