Monday, October 13, 2014

SLCC awards artists at President’s Art Show

Salt Lake Community College held its annual President’s Art Show opening reception Friday and handed out awards to several artists.

Art enthusiasts check out "Tree of Life" by Tyler Smith and Jodi Mardesich.

SLCC President Dr. Deneece Huftalin chose Randall Forbush’s “Light Bulbs” oil painting for the President’s Award, which comes with a $1,000 prize. The college also purchased Forbush’s piece to include in its collection on display throughout the institution’s campuses.

The Rob Adamson oil painting “Bryce Canyon” received the $1,000 Best of Show award. The $500 second place award went to last year’s President’s Award winner Benjamin Higbee for his mixed media creation “Corollary III.” And the $500 third place prize was awarded to Katie Johnson’s copper brooch called “Devil’s Claw.”

Artist Randall Forbush and SLCC President Dr. Deneece Huftalin with "Light Bulbs."

President Huftalin gave special recognition to a purchase for the college of photographer Stephen Speckman’s series of black and white gallery wrap images that depict women from the rural Haitian village of Camatin. The artist is donating proceeds from the purchase to a charity working in Haiti.

The juried exhibition is free and open to the public through October 15 at SLCC’s South City Campus in the Center for Arts and Media’s Multipurpose Room during regular business hours. The show features more than 100 works from professional and amateur artists using a variety of mediums to create their pieces, many of which are available for purchase.

Artist Benjamin Higbee is interviewed about "Corollary III."