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48th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit awards announced

Seminole State art student, Omar Cano, won the Best of Show award for his 3D design, “Cozy Sushi.”

Seminole State College of Florida has announced the winners of the 48th annual Juried Student Art Exhibit in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Arts Gallery (building G).

The exhibit, which runs through noon on Thursday, May 4, is a group show featuring a juried selection of work executed over the past year by Seminole State Fine Arts students. Media include photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, 2D and 3D design, ceramics and sculpture.

Trent Tomengo, a graduate of Seminole State’s Art Program and professor of humanities at the College, judged the exhibit and awarded prizes in the Best of Show, Best of Media, Awards of Excellence and Merit Awards categories.

Omar Cano, of Altamonte Springs, won the Best of Show award and $450 for his 3D design, “Cozy Sushi.”

Emma Baumann, of Apopka, received the E. Ann McGee President’s Award and $200 for her painting, “Pop Selfie.” “An Array of Unrelated Things,” a painting by Ysabel Flores, of Sanford, won the $100 Peer Award, an Award of Excellence and $150.

Other Award of Excellence winners were Curvin Gordon, Jr. for his clay ceramics, “India Ink Vase (Tall/Short versions)” and Nancy Penaranda for her gelatin silver print photograph titled “Krystal.”

Best of Media awards and $75 each went to:

  • Photography: Harold Ryan Helliesen-Gray’s “Burlap and Lace”
  • Printmaking: Codie Parker’s “Skull (Human)”
  • Design Fundamentals I 2D: Sara Segall’s “Natural and Proud”
  • Design Fundamentals II 3D: Radha Rodrigues’ “Precious Rape Story”
  • Drawing: Kyle Porter’s “Lunch with a Friend”
  • Painting: Ysabel Flores’ “Jodi”
  • Ceramics: Natalija Navardauskas’ “Fishcat”

Merit Awards and $25 each went to:

  • Painting: Ysabel Flores’ “Dueling Ukuleles”
  • Printmaking: Amanda Keliner’s “Journey to the Eye of the Whale”
  • 2D design: Sera Geraci’s “Just Fun to Look At”
  • Painting: Natalija Navardauskas’ “Still Life with Bones”
  • 2D design: Meaghan Slack’s “Layers of Lawrence”
  • 2D design: Sara Segall’s “Car Service”
  • Drawing: Jayme Brown’s “Bath Sequence”
  • Ceramics: Brett Thompson’s “Tommy Vase”
  • 3D design: Radha Rodrigues’ “Rhino – The Warrior”
  • Drawing: Jayme Brown’s “Still Life with Bones"

Tomengo majored in art at Seminole State College in 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree at Stetson University and continued his studies at the University of South Florida, where he received a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Painting and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies in 2002. Represented by the International Portfolio Gallery in College Park, Tomengo’s paintings are earning their place in prestigious American collections.

For more information on cultural events at Seminole State, please visit the Center for Fine and Performing Arts website, or call 407.708.2040.

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