Some of the top art students at Rochester Community and Technical College are getting a chance to showcase their works in the school’s art gallery.
Simon Huelsbeck of RCTC said more than 150 pieces of work were submitted to be part of a juried show. If selected, the artwork is displayed in the RCTC art gallery through April 8, and the honorees are eligible to win close to $3,000 in prizes and scholarships. Chair of the Art Department at Mankato State University Brian Frink was the judge.
“I’m really proud of these artists. This is one of the best student shows we have had yet. I’m super proud,” said Huelsbeck on Thursday at an opening reception for the two-week art show.
Artwork by Zach Swanson, Hannah Kautto and Laura Heslin was honored, and Josh Bartels’ work was named “Best in Show.”
Bartel’s winning piece, a three-dimensional sock puppet, titled “Billy,” was created from cloth, stuffing, old T-shirts and big black buttons.
“It was a goal of mine to make something a little bit different,” said Bartels, who took home $120. “This was a form project for a drawing class. I work with sock monkeys a lot, and this came to me.”
There were also presidential awards handed out. Katelin Root won the President’s Award.
Ethan Klee was honorable mention for the President’s Award. Klee is only attending RCTC because he was in the area for hand surgery and rehabilitation. Despite his hand injury, Klee finished two sculptures that were included in the exhibition.
‘(The hand injury) didn’t hurt me much. I kind of worked around it and whatever happened, happened,” Klee said. “It’s a cool experience. I’m a graphic design major, and I decided against turning anything digital into the show and decided to turn in my sculptures and some got picked. It’s really cool.”
Like Bartels and Klee, Cassie Stein-Tronnier also had two pieces in the show: “Self-portrait” (charcoal) and “Redemption” (pencil).