No division: five UNF Art and Design students win awards in a competition designed to exhibit diverse forms of art

Danae Leake

The University's Gallery of Art awarded student artists at Thursday’s opening.​   Photo by Kristen Smith
The University’s Gallery of Art awarded student artists at Thursday’s opening.​
Photo by Kristen Smith

Five UNF Art and Design students received awards for their artwork in the 2015 Student Juried Annual Exhibition Jan. 22 at the UNF Gallery of Art. The award types include best 3D, best 2D, two merit awards and best in show.

Jessica Williams won the best 3D $100 award for her turquoise ceramics piece “Spoon Pot.” Nina Avis won the best 2D $100 award for her oil painting on canvas titled “The Girl in the Mirror.” The two merit awards went to Lana Fisher for her ceramics sake set, simply titled “Sake Set,” and Paula Runyon for her photography piece titled “Florida Weeds.” The best in show $200 award went to Amanda Rosenblatt’s “Illustrations in the Flesh.”

Sarah Alexander, gallery director at the Florida School of the Arts in Palatka, Fla., was the juror who selected the winning artworks. Alexander began judging the pieces shortly after the Jan. 9 submission deadline.

Many alumni and students gathered for this event, located at UNF Gallery of Art in Founder’s Hall.   Photo by Kristen Smith
Many alumni and students gathered for this event, located at UNF Gallery of Art in Founder’s Hall.
Photo by Kristen Smith

The Student Juried Exhibition includes artworks ranging from paintings and sculptures, to photographs and drawings. UNF curatorial practices students put together the exhibition and hosted the opening night of the event on Jan. 22.

The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 25. The UNF Gallery of Art, located in Founder’s Hall (bldg. 2), is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next Art and Design Student Juried Annual Exhibition competition will be held in Spring 2016.

Jim Draper, gallery coordinator, and Dr. Murphy, chair of art and design, presented awards to students for their hard work.   Photo by Kristen Smith
Jim Draper, gallery coordinator, and Dr. Murphy, chair of Art and Design, presented awards to students for their hard work.
Photo by Kristen Smith

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*1/28/15 at 6:21 p.m. – Updated with video.