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KSC Seniors Davis and Fitzgerald Win People's Choice Art Awards

KEENE, N.H. 5/3/04 -Keene State College senior art majors Alison Davis and Adam Fitzgerald were voted the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for work displayed in “Emerging Art,” the annual KSC art students’ exhibition at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. Both students receive $100 cash awards from the Friends of the Thorne along with the People’s Choice Commendation.

Davis of Milford received the People’s Choice Award in studio art for her piece “Timeline,” which comments on feminism with a series of life-size paintings depicting today’s woman as she ages inspired by film stills from the 1950s and ’60s. She painted “Timeline” during two BFA senior studio courses taught by Peter Roos. Davis will graduate on Sunday with a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Fitzgerald of Hooksett earned the People’s Choice Award in graphic design for his piece “Bullet,” a three-dimensional work layering text that relates to guns and gun deaths. He created “Bullet” in the Advanced Graphic Design course taught by Marsha Hewitt, associate professor and coordinator of the graphic design program. Fitzgerald will graduate on Sunday with a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design.

The two winning artworks are among 175 works exhibited by senior art and graphic design majors and other students taking art courses at Keene State. This year’s exhibit includes the work of the second group of seniors to graduate from the bachelor of fine arts program at KSC. “Emerging Art” will be on display in both galleries through Sunday, May 9. The gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, for Commencement.

During the first weeks of the exhibit, visitors were invited to vote for their favorite works of art in both graphic design and studio art. Out of 440 votes cast, Davis and Fitzgerald received the most votes in their respective categories.

The gallery will be closed May 10-June 4 and will reopen Saturday, June 5, with two summer exhibitions. “Passionate Pursuits” will feature arts, crafts, collectibles, and leisure pursuits from Keene State faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Friends of the Thorne. The second exhibit, “Selections from the Collection,” will showcase artwork from the Dublin Art Colony as well as contemporary pieces in the Thorne’s permanent collection. Both exhibits will open with a reception on Friday, June 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. and will be displayed through Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The reception and exhibits are free and open to the public. Located on Wyman Way on the Keene State campus, the Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the Thorne Gallery at least two weeks before your visit. For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit

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