Hawkeye Community College Announces Student Art Show, Honors Fair Awards

Levi Yocum,
Shayler Beadle,
Marissa Nunez,
Mercedes Johnson,
Christ Heiple,
Matisen Martin,
 Aaron Riggs,
Naomi McCormick,
Benjamin Smith,
Sarah Mangrich,
James Swaab,
posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College presented several students with awards at the 18th annual Student Art Exhibition opening reception, held Tuesday, April 11, in the Library on Hawkeye’s Main Campus.

The juried show features works by students in Graphic Communications, Professional Photography, Digital Mass Media, and Welding programs, as well as other fine arts courses. Students receiving awards are as follows:

  • Levi Yocum, Bettendorf, Bookstore Purchase Award, “4:23 P.M. Montezuma IA”
  • Shayler Beadle, Parkersburg, Robin Sprague Story Award and Library Purchase Award, “ETC Cover Design”
  • Landen Larsen, Dubuque, Cultural Committee Award, “Window from the Past”
  • Marissa Nunez, Cedar Falls, School of Communications, Humanities, Education, Social Sciences, and Arts Purchase Award, “Bashkim Cries Baba”
  • Mercedes Johnson, Cedar Falls, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Business Award, “Meticulous”
  • Christ Heiple, Dunkerton, Grandy/Ashwood Award, “Introduction to Film”; and President’s Purchase Award, “THE TAKE Issue #1 Cruiser”
  • Matisen Martin, Quasqueton, Grandy/Ashwood Award, “White”
  • Aaron Riggs, Waterloo, Faculty Purchase Award, “Pleiades”
  • Naomi McCormick, Cedar Falls, Student Award, “Torah Girl”
  • Benjamin Smith, Riverside, Calif.; Student Purchase Award, “Tragedental Entity of a Transient”
  • Sarah Mangrich, Dunkerton, Dean of Students Purchase Award, “Narozen do Chaos”
  • James Swaab, Oelwein, Academic Affairs Purchase Award, “Deere Dreaming”

Jurist was Heather Skeens, former director of the Anderson Gallery at Drake University. Skeens has a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts in History from Iowa State University, specializing in American history and visual culture. She was an adjunct art history instructor at Drake University and is now marketing strategist for the Cedar Valley Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. She is also involved with Junior League and the Cedar Falls Public Art Committee.

Artwork is on display through May 5 during regular Library hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Three students who completed honors projects were also recognized. The Honors Program is open to any student with a minimum 3.33 grade point average and 12+ college-level credits. Students select a topic of interest and develop a project with a faculty member with similar interests or expertise in that field. Students earn up to three credits for their projects. Honors projects this year include:

  • Gabbryella Reis, Ames, Painting Techniques
  • Naomi McCormick, Cedar Falls, Intermediate Drawing and Painting
  • Grace Scharf, Grand Junction, Colorado, Advanced Drawing


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