May 5, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE -Two John A. Logan College students were named Best in Show at the annual Student Art Exhibition and Contest held recently at the college.  Brandi Couch of Marion and Carbondale resident Camille Ticheur both received $500 scholarships from the JALC Foundation.  Their work was chosen from about 40 entries in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media.

“Both Brandi and Camille submitted pieces in two-dimensional design and painting,” said Molly Alter, an art instructor at Logan who helped organize and judge the competition.  “Their work showed merit, work ethic, commitment, and passion.  Things that are difficult to judge, and it was all very high quality.”

Six other students earned honorable mention honors.  Nelson Van Mere of Herrin was recognized for an oil painting called Calendar Girl Loves You.  Alvaro Corbalan from Carbondale was awarded for a mono-print called Panda.  Jacob Smiley from Belvidere won for a sculpture called Pig Wire.  Derrick Davis of Marion, Sara Martinez from Carbondale, and Brianne Marz of Johnston City were all acknowledged for a piece they created together called Team Legend of the Raging Dots - Blue Streak Cardboard Couch.

Alter said that students were allowed to submit up to three pieces and she and JALC Art Instructor Drew Tucker chose the pieces for the show.  

“The pieces are all projects the students created in their art classes this year,” Alter said.  “We had a tough semester with class cancellations due to bad weather and other issues, but the students stepped up to the challenge.  They worked hard, met deadlines, and learned a lot.  Even though it’s a smaller show than we usually have every spring, the work is incredible and I’m really proud of the students.  I hope many people will come out to see the show.”

The students’ artwork will be on display in the museum galleries in the B-Wing and Conference Center at the college through Saturday, May 10.  The show is open to the public at no charge.  Viewing hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.