Henderson State University hosted its 20th annual student competitive which opened with a reception and award on Monday, April 10.

Henderson State University hosted its 20th annual student competitive which opened with a reception and award on Monday, April 10.
Students across Henderson’s campus were encouraged to enter their best works. The annual juried exhibition showcased the creative visual endeavors of HSU students. The exhibition will be displayed in the Russell Fine Arts Center gallery weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 3. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Students participating in the exhibition had to have all 2D work matted, framed and ready to hanged. All 3D work was required to fit through a standard door and not exceed eight feet in height. Other than those guidelines, students had free range in what they could create. They were permitted to submit up to three works for a dollar.
Summer Bruch, associate professor of art at Ouachita Baptist, juried the show and selected all the work that is part of the show. Of the 105 works submitted, 45 were selected for the show after careful deliberation.
Margo Duvall, associate professor of art at Henderson, also assisted with coordinating the show together and preparing the exhibits for viewing.
Selected works will also be featured at the Wildwood Center for the Arts in Little Rock for a group exhibition that will run from June until August. The exhibit will be a collaboration between the music, theater, and art departments to put on events to show the many talents Henderson students have to offer.
“It’s exposure for Henderson in Little Rock,” said Duvall.
“It’s a really great venue, and they have a lot of people visit from all over the state,” she added.
Joshua Emery, a senior art major, was the winner of Best In Show for his painting titled “Mobius” and received a cash prize of $150. He was also the recipient of the Henderson Foundation Award, presented by All Care Pharmacy and a cash prize of $500. Emery also received the HSU President’s Purchase award for his work “Descendant.”
“After they said $500 it was like everything else they said was on mute. My jaw dropped,” said Emery.
Emery said he chose to enter his piece “Mobius” because he believed it was his best work up to this point.
According to Emery, the piece has a solid composition and vibrant color without being over the top.
“I chose to paint my friend Cade Vallee because I thought what he was wearing that day said a lot about his personality and struggle,” said Emery.
Other winners include:
• Samantha Faulkner of Bismarck received first runner-up honors for her work entitled Going Fishing
• Skylen Delorme of Hot Springs was awarded second runner-up for Gulpha Gorge.
• The Peer Choice Award went to Lauren Lollies of Texarkana, Arkansas.
• Angela Yang of Gurdon and Sarah Ragan of Liberty, Missouri, were awarded honorable mention.
• Art department faculty purchase awards went to Sarah Ragan and Aaron O’Quin of White Hall.
• Samantha Faulkner and Sarah Ragan received the Provost’s Purchase Award.
• The President’s Purchase Award was presented to Josh Emery and Katie Nix of Sparkman.