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45th annual Juried Student Exhibit awards announced

Bianca Diana with her piece, "Decaying Addiction," which took the Best in Show at the 45th annual Juried Student Art Exhibit.

A Longwood student who took her first ceramics course last summer is the Best of Show winner of the 45th annual Juried Student Art Exhibit at Seminole State College of Florida.

Bianca Diana, 23, won the Best of Show award and $450 for her ceramic piece “Decaying Addiction.” The piece also won the Peer Award, voted by Seminole State students, and a $100 prize. Diana, a graduate of Altamonte Christian School, says she first took a ceramic class for fun but now plans to pursue degree in art. Her piece, which she says illustrates "nature vs. humanity," becomes part of Seminole State’s permanent collection.

Two other ceramic pieces by Diana won merit awards and a $25 prize. 

Michele Kennedy, of Lake Mary, was awarded the E. Ann McGee President’s Award and $200 for her fresco painting “Michelangelo.” Kennedy says the portrait, based on the Sistine Chapel, was her first fresco. She describes fresco as “home improvement meets art” and plans to use her new fresco skills on an unfinished wall at her house.

Vincent Sansone, director of ceramics and sculpture at Crealde School of Art, judged the various awards.

Prizes were awarded during the opening reception at the Fine Arts Gallery on Thursday, April 17. The exhibit continues through noon on May 15 in the gallery on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus (building G). 

An Award of Excellence and $150 went to Marie Carling for her painting “Study in Reds-Abstract, from Christine Perri ‘A Thousand Years’”; Rebecka Leduc for her drawing “Crinkles & Cramps”; and Rex Hammack for his painting “Identity Consumption.”

Best of Media awards and $75 each went to:

  • Photography: Carissa May, “Triplets at the Orphanage in Haiti”
  • Printmaking: Chelsea Smith, “Cernunnos”
  • 2D Design/Design Fundamentals I: Tran Trinh, “Beginning”
  • 3D Design/Design Fundamentals II: Natasha Radovicz Schaidt, “Beggars Banquet”
  • Drawing: Natasha Radovicz Schaidt, “Quick Sketches”
  • Painting: Courtney Alvarez, “Untitled, Still Life”
  • Ceramics: Kaitlyn Allison, “Ripples”

Merit Awards and $25 each went to:

  • Photography: Carissa May’s “Showing Off”
  • 3D Design/Design Fundamentals II: Cody Henderson’s “Horseshoe Crab Contemplates the Meaning of Existence”
  • 3D Design/Design Fundamentals II: Sharon Huang, “Lowe’s Couture, Assemblage Dress”
  • Printmaking: Daythin Flower’s “Bug Proof
  • Photography: Thomas Krumm’s “Stormy Sky”
  • Painting: Lydia Knowles’s “Artist at Rest – Reproduction of Abbott Handerson Thayer’s Virgin Enthroned”
  • Ceramics: Bianca Diana’s “Eat Me”
  • Ceramics: Bianca Diana’s “Splitting Biopolarism”
  • 3D Design/Design Fundamentals II: Madison Koo’s “Brown Pelican Contour”
  • Ceramics: Natasha Radovicz Schaidt’s “My Livelihood”

There were 350 student submissions for the exhibit. The Juried Student Art Exhibition started in 1969 at Seminole State.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more information on cultural events at Seminole State, please visit the Arts website, or call 407.708.2040.


Michele Kennedy with "Michelangelo," the winner of the E. Ann McGee President's Award.

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