More than 115 artworks were entered in the 2019 Student Art Show at Western Nevada College this spring.
And it was Dakota Drapeau’s charcoal and graphite artwork, “The Hand of David,” that garnered the most attention and was selected Best in Show.
Judges also selected the show’s top 3 artworks: Boone (Oian Wen) placed first with “Boy in Water.” Lucas Spencer earned second place with “Powder Blast,” while April Barber was third with “Sewing Up Flannel Nightgown Love.”
Receiving honorable mention were Steve Rogers, Tahoe; Marietta Sophie Paul, Fragments of a Life; Tyler Bray, Untitled 2; Drapeau, Love and Desire; Megan Barrette, Freedom; Veronica Carrillo, Chances; Zackary Marshal Scott, Ocean de vie Numero Zero; Barber, Aspens in Autumn; and Tracy Mendibles, Teddy Roosevelt Poster.
Students presented artwork using photography, mixed media, watercolors, acrylic, oil, graphite, charcoal, ink, graphic design and ceramics.
Rachel Stiff, a WNC Fine Arts faculty member who helped prepare the show, offered some words from Georgia O’Keeffe to encourage the student artists at the awards ceremony on April 18:
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing — and keeping the unknown always beyond you.”
The 2019 Student Art Show will be shown through May 15 in the Bristlecone Building on WNC’s Carson City campus.
WNC’s Main Gallery is located in the Bristlecone Building and are open to the public six days a week: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.