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Three Win Art Juried Awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Three artists with Marshall University connectionstwo faculty members and an M.A. graduatewere among those who won awards in the biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition this year, sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

West Virginia artists were presented with 18 awards totaling $33,000 in a ceremony earlier this month at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. The exhibit features 72 works in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts by 60 artists from 23 West Virginia counties.

Daniel Kaufmann, assistant professor of photography in Marshall’s College of Fine Arts, received a Governor’s Award for Rooms 13.

It is so rewarding to have work selected for the West Virginia Juried Exhibition,” Kaufmann said.  “I am flattered my work was selected to receive the Governors Award …  it is meaningful that our students see that we are actively participating in the field.”

Graphic design professor Mary Grassell won an Award of Excellence for her wood block print titled The Lace Stretchers, which depicts the artist and her sister helping their mother stretch lace curtains.

“The award was a surprise because it seems that printmakers are sometimes overlooked in juried competitions,” Grassell said, “but I am happy to have this award. The print is meaningful to me, and I am glad it was meaningful to others.”

Filter Feeders, a piece by recent M.A. graduate Nik Botkin, received the Merit Award, which had a $500 prize attached.