West Georgia Technical College opened its fourth annual traveling Art Exhibit at the Douglas Campus Feb. 26. The exhibit highlights creative individuals and their work that are part of the West Georgia Technical College community.
“It is astounding to see the creativity and talent our students, faculty and staff display each year,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “We are proud to see all of the artistic expression here at the College.”
Out of the 149 submissions received, there 20 were showcase winners and 10 were Merit Award winners including students, a few faculty and staff members from all five campuses and the new Virtual Learning Campus. Submissions opened online during the summer semester and continued through Feb. 7. Each entrant was limited to two pieces. Of the 30 winners, 10 were from the Douglas campus, seven from the Carroll campus, six from the Coweta campus, three from the LaGrange campus, three from the Virtual Learning Campus and one from the Murphy campus.
The artwork was judged by West Georgia area artists who are not affiliated with the college. Certificates were presented to all showcase and Merit Award winners, with cash awards presented to the student showcase winners. This year, the judges named a first-, second- and third-place winner from the entire group of winners. Douglas campus students Karen Clark and Kiley Linares won first and second place respectively and Virtual Learning Campus student Olivia Russell won third.
“The College-wide Art Exhibit provides another opportunity for our students to be recognized for outstanding work and creativity,” said English instructor Dr. Judy Jackson.
Inspiration for art can come from unlikely places but for two Showcase winners, it came from family. Miranda King, a Coweta and LaGrange nursing student, received a showcase award for her photograph entitled “Deep Breath.” King has been doing photography for seven years and started when she began taking pictures of her cosmetology clients and her two daughters.
“I was taking my oldest daughter’s senior portraits in Myrtle Beach,” said King on her winning artwork. “My youngest daughter wouldn’t let me leave her out.”
Jonathan Cruz, a computer support student on the Douglas Campus, received a Showcase award for his drawing entitled “Slash.”
“My brother gave me the motivation to draw,” said Cruz. “I started drawing when I was five years old. My brother started drawing and I wanted to do it too.”
The traveling art exhibit will conclude March 26 with a reception at the LaGrange campus atrium at 3:30 p.m.