Six Best of Show winners from CTC art competition

The Central Texas College Fine Arts Department announced the winners of its 2013 Student Art Show competition last week. The show consists of works by students in the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.

Of the 190 pieces submitted, 106 were selected for inclusion in the show.

Entries included works in art metals, ceramics, photography, digital media, drawings, paintings and Photoshop.

The juror for the art show was Hershall Seals, chairperson of the Art Department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He selected six Best of Show winners for the various categories and two honorable mentions.

The Best of Show winners were Vikki Kern, art metals, “Mr. Bones”; Daniel Herold II, ceramics, “Drink of the Gods”; Ernest Thomas, photography, “Upset Student”; Brianne Bass, painting, “7th Birthday”; Juana Rodriguez, drawing, “Fabric”; and Ngoc Tran, Digital Media (Photoshop), “Brave.”

The two honorable mention award winners were Kil Cha Gullickson, painting, “9/11 Series Abstract”; and Linda Knicely, art metals, “Nesting Bowls with Lids.”

“Many of the works selected in this year’s competition are those I felt went beyond cliched subject choices,” Seals aid. “Images that seemed to be authentic experiences from firsthand knowledge give me the sense something real-life is happening. The art I saw here, that moved me, was art that seemed as though someone was having a real personal connection to what was happening in real life space and that translated through imagination into the final image.”

Reap earns honor as top educator

Walter Reap, a 1989 student athlete and graduate of Ellison High School now serving as the principal of Germantown Elementary in the Washington, D.C., area, has been named a top regional educator by The Washington Post.

Reap, who has been principal at Germantown since 2007, has seen his school transform, both physically into a new building, and academically through new elementary school initiatives that have changed the way classes are taught at Germantown.

For his achievements through leadership, The Washington Post announced Reap as the recipient of the Distinguished Educational Leadership award.

Reap is one of 21 principals representing Washington-area school districts to receive the award.

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