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    Annual Art Student Juried Show

    Sixteen students received awards at Linn-Benton Community College’s Annual Art Student Juried show at a reception held Wednesday, May 7, in the college’s North Santiam Hall Galleries.

    Claire Denning of Philomath was awarded Best of Show for her charcoal drawing “The Hanged Man” by juror Cynthia Spencer, ceramic artist and director of the Corvallis Arts Center. Her drawing also won the People’s Choice Award.

    The juror also bestowed Juror’s Choice Awards to Ariyon Kawai of Brownsville for her photograph “Aki” and to Jeenie Balkins of Corvallis for her clay sculpture “Mixed Up.”

    Kawai also received the Frederick Westford Award of Merit for her painting “After Hung Liu” and a Freedom of Expression Award for another painting, “Koto.” Balkins also won a second award--the AHSS Division prize for her clay work “There Was an Old Shoe.”

    This year’s President’s Purchase Award went to Kayla West of Corvallis for her clay sculpture “Reef.”

    Johnny Beaver of Corvallis and Sarah Melcher each won three separate awards—Beaver took home the Corvallis Fall Festival Award, the Hester Coucke Award of Merit, and an award from Studio 262 in Corvallis; Melcher’s photograph “Lips on Fire” also won a Studio 262 Award, as well as awards from the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild and Wise Photo Printing of Corvallis.

    Other award winners were:

    •Spike Keenan of Philomath, the Carol Schaafsma Award of Merit in Painting;

    •Tiesha Holloway of Lebanon, the Carol Schaafsma Award of Merit in Photography;

    •Fatima Begovic of Sweet Home, the Carol Schaafsma Award of Merit in Drawing;

    •Ginny Gibson of Corvallis, the Carol Schaafsma Award of Merit in Sculpture;

    •Yura Kim of Corvallis, the Art Faculty Award of Merit;

    •Alicia Lochbaum of Scio, the Food for Art Award;

    •Rosalie Lingo of Corvallis and Lorena Navarro of Philomath, Dick Blick Art Materials Awards;

    •Sean Carver of Alsea and Thomas Prochaska of Albany, Freedom of Expression Awards.

    More than 115 works by 43 student artists are on view in the exhibit on both floors of North Santiam Hall on LBCC’s Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd.

    The exhibit runs through June 6. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.