UMW Students Win Art Awards

The University of Mary Washington Department of Art and Art History announced its student award recipients at the Wednesday, April 10 opening of the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition at the duPont Gallery.

Rachael Juhan (left) and Sidney Mullis received the Melchers Gray Purchase Award for their work, “Dale.”

Senior Rachael Juhan of Big Stone Gap and junior Sidney Mullis of Spotsylvania received the Melchers Gray Purchase Award for their collaborative piece “Dale.” The work will become part of the university’s permanent collection. Mullis also received an award of distinction.

Senior Annie Lynch of Manassas received the Emil Schnellock Award in Painting for her work “Nothing Satisfies So Many People in So Many Ways.” The Department of Art and Art History presents the award each year to recognize excellence in painting.

Cheryl Elliott of Waynesboro was presented the Anne Elizabeth Collins Award for her handmade book, “Untitled.”

The following students also received awards during the exhibition’s opening ceremony:

  • Robert Luther of Fredericksburg received an award of distinction,
  • Lula Ruggles Lambert of Richmond received an award of distinction,
  • Hannah Ridenour of Hunker, Pa., received the Art History Award for Outstanding Research,
  • Mary Williams of Vinton received the Melchers Award for Excellence in Art History.

Cheryl Elliott received the Anne Elizabeth Collins Award for her work, “Untitled.”

The event was judged by Paul Ryan, artist and professor at Mary Baldwin College, who selected works for the exhibition from more than 100 submissions.

The Student Juried Art Exhibition will run through Sunday, April 21 in the duPont Gallery, located on College Avenue at Thornton Street. The exhibition is open to the public without charge and selected works are for sale.

The duPont Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Free parking is designated for gallery visitors in a lot across College Avenue at Thornton Street.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.