The opening of the Inspired exhibition is a great success | News

JONESBORO — The seventh annual opening of the Inspired exhibition drew the highest attendance at the Bradbury Art Museum since the start of the pandemic with 220 people attending the reception.

Thursday night’s opening reception was a big success for the museum, which is located on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

“We’re really pleased with the turnout,” BAM Education Coordinator Haley Voges said Thursday night.

A total of 17 students were chosen to receive awards this year, out of 51 students who had artwork displayed at nine different schools.

This year’s juror was legendary artist Peter Kuper, whose work can be seen in the new yorker, The nation and mad magazine.

Kuper previously said he struggled to decide which pieces to include and honor with so many worthy pieces from the nearly 150 submissions.

The students had found their inspiration in response to BAM’s ‘Legends’ exhibit last fall, after which they created artwork and wrote artist statements about how they were influenced by the artwork. exhibited at that time.

“It’s a fantastic show,” BAM educator Samantha Mitchell said Thursday night, “We’re very pleased with the turnout.”

Vivian Morgan, a 10th grade student from Harrisburg High School, won the Best in Show award with her sculpture titled “Collectively Scattered.”

“I was super surprised,” Morgan said Thursday night, laughing that she had squealed with delight when she walked in and saw her play and won. She noted that no one knew who won until they walked in.

Awards are displayed on tags next to honored works and winners include:

Best of Show

Vivian Morgan – ‘Collectively Scattered’, inspired by the works of Peter VandenBerge and Michelle Czajkowski. Media: plaster gauze, acrylic paint and fishing net. Harrisburg High School, 10th grade.

Devin Hutchison – ‘Twelve labors and twelve exploits’, inspired the work of Peter Kuper. Media: graphite and Prismacolor. Harrisburg High School, 9th grade.

Alex Sanchez – ‘In Loving Memory, Bernardo Rodriguez’, inspired by the work of Michelle Czajkowski. Media: acrylic. Cedar Ridge High School, Grade 11.

purchase reward

Brian Holmes – ‘Kings of Duality’, inspired by the work of Michelle Czajkowski. Media: digital. Academies at Jonesboro High School, Grade 12.

A-State Department of Art + Design Purchase Award

Jegs Antonio – ‘Imagine’, inspired by the works of JooYoung Choi and Michelle Czajkowski. Media: marker. Valley View High School, Grade 11.

Jury Merit Award

Molly Bates – ‘You Tell Me’, inspired by the work of Jenny Ollikainen. Media: fabric, beads, felt, acrylic paint, glass embellishments, concrete, PVC pipe. Harrisburg High School, Grade 12.

Chandly Bradley – ‘Haphephobia’, inspired by the work of Peter Kuper. Media: paper, pencil, graphite. Bay High School, Grade 12.

Madison Brand – “Transformation”, inspired by the work of Jenny Ollikainen. Media: cardboard, grass, fake grass, acrylic paint, clay, wooden mannequin, face mould, tissue paper, construction paper, hot glue. Bay High School, Grade 12.

Ashley Brinkley – ‘Wild Thoughts’, inspired by the work of Kevin Snipes. Media: Cedar Ridge High School soft oil pastel, 12th grade.

Lance Collins – “Mr. Bones”, inspired by the work of Gustav Carlson. Media: acrylic paint. Harrisburg High School, Grade 11.

Kaylee Correa – “Transgression”, inspired by the work of Peter Kuper. Media: wood, acrylic paint, aluminum foil. Harrisburg High School, Grade 11.

Nadia Farmer – ‘Urgent Care’, inspired by the work of JooYoung Choi. Media: found object, wire, acrylic paint, cardboard, lights, clay. Harrisburg High School, 10th grade.

Maggie Hogue – ‘Self Reflection’, inspired by the work of Michelle Czajkowski. Media: mixed. Harrisburg High School, 10th grade.

Gracey James – ‘Losing Your Reflection’, based on the work of Eric Shanower. Media: Nikon D3500 DSLR camera, Lightroom, Photoshop. Valley View High School, Grade 11.

Anh Nguyen – “Irali”, inspired by the work of Peter Kuper. Media: pointed. Valley View High School, Grade 12.

Cassidy Powers – “Persona”, inspired by the work of Peter Kuper. Media: sculpture; clay people, foam balls, glass, cardboard, acrylic paint. Bay High School, Grade 12.

Lillian Wilson – ‘Sonja,’ inspired by the works of Michelle Czajkowski and Peter Kuper. Media: Prismacolor pencils and graphite. Harrisburg High School, Grade 11.

The inspired exhibition continues until Wednesday, February 2. Admission is free and museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

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