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Northwest Missouri State University

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A variety of artwork by Northwest students appears in the Department of Art's Juried Student Show. The annual exhibit is a competitively juried show for undergraduate studio art students. (Photos by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

Feb. 3, 2011

Students artwork displayed in annual exhibit

By Melinda Bell, media relations assistant


Ashley Gay earned an honorable mention award for her photos, including the one shown above.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Twenty-six artworks of various categories are displayed in Northwest Missouri State University's Juried Undergraduate Student Art Show that will end Feb. 11.

The Olive DeLuce Gallery is open 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

"The student art show is a great way for students to build confidence in their artwork," said Phil Laber, who is chair of the Department of Art. "It also encourages students to submit their work in other art shows off campus and build their resume."

Ashley Gay was awarded Best in Show for a painting that is one in a series she completed last trimester. Gay also was awarded an honorable mention for a pair of her photos, along with Christina Wills who also received an honorable mention.

Dustin Koopman received second place for his steel sculpture inspired by a mechanical valve he noticed on the Northwest campus.

"I looked at the mechanical pieces that are within buildings and increased their scale," Koopman said. "This allows me to introduce them into our space and allows people to see them for their aesthetic value rather than just their functional value."

The exhibit's opening reception featured a lecture by Matt Dehaemers, a Kansas City public sculptor and juror for the exhibit. Dehaemers graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a master of fine arts, and he has a bachelor of fine arts from Creighton University. Dehaemers recently worked as Visiting Artist at Johnson County Junior College's prestigious new Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. 

For more information contact the Department of Art by phone at 660.562.1326 or by e-mail at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468