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Distress by Andrew Olson.

–The Annual Student Art Show at the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery celebrates the hard work and talent of students in the Cuesta College Fine Arts Program from the past academic year, and this year the exhibition is hosted virtually.

“Most institutions are canceling student exhibitions outright instead of finding creative ways to display the work of our students,” said Emma Saperstein, Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery Coordinator. “I think it is more important than ever to maintain engagement with our students and each other and continue our contributions to a vibrant creative community.”

The awards ceremony and celebration held virtually on April 23 featured a video of students discussing their work and creative practices. The video with artist statements is available by clicking here.

“I’m so grateful that we have the gift of sharing art right now because I think that creating images and narratives relates us to each other in a really personal way, and it’s wonderful that we have the opportunity when we need it the most,” said student artist Sophie Stebbins.

The exhibit features student work in various mediums, including drawing, ceramics, digital art, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Submissions were juried by John Hood, chair of the Allan Hancock College Fine & Performing Arts Department. The Novy Award supports students whose work are not in the student show but who demonstrate excellence in the classroom. These awards are made possible through the Helen Novy Art Fund generously sponsored by Dr. Frederick Novy.

Best in show

Andrew Olson – Distress

Exhibition awards

Ceramics, First Place: Naomi Wilson – Teapot 3
Ceramics, Honorable Mention: Miriam Schenk – Monuments to the Whales
Digital Media, First Place: Frances Eunice Lim – Felipe, Solitude
Digital Media, Honorable Mention: Hannah Hernandez – King Princess
Drawing, First Place: Jiaqi Gallegos – Everything I Am
Drawing, Honorable Mention: Roston Johnson – Amber’s Boots
Photography, First Place: Avery Sowell – Opalescence
Photography, Honorable Mention: Andrew Ball – Natural Light Study
Painting, First Place: Savannah Reifers – American Barbeque
Painting, Honorable Mention: Abigail Smith – Flow
Printmaking, First Place: Sabina Zink – For You
Printmaking, Honorable Mention: Susan Schafer – Bison Approaching
Sculpture, First Place: Jude Clark Warnisher – Plane Cardboard
Sculpture, Honorable Mention: Kristina Morgan – Tinger

Novy awards for classroom excellence

Drawing: Maria de Jesus Alonzo
Painting: Edwin Velasquez
2D Design: Emily Piliz
Advanced Ceramics: Riley Clemons
Beginner Ceramics: Tanja Kehler
Sculpture: Justin Venturini
3D Design: Alyssa Guzman
Printmaking: Allison Hines
Color Theory: Ahn Nguyen
Photography: Callie Fisher
Digital Photography: Jaye Pruett
Graphic Design: Tony Ambrose
Art History: Veronica Perez
North County: Javan Escobar

For more information on the Cuesta College Fine Arts Department and the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, visit the webpage or call (805) 546-3202.


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