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KSC Seniors Win People's Choice Art Awards

KEENE, N.H. 5/5/03 -Keene State College senior art majors Laura Beaudoin and Megan Pollock 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.

Beaudoin, of Kennebunk, Maine, received the People’s Choice Award in graphic design for “Tiptoe,” a digital image. Pollock of Westfield, N.J., earned the People’s Choice Award in studio art for “Self Portrait,” an oil on panel painting. Both students receive $100 cash awards from the Friends of the Thorne along with the People’s Choice Commendation.

The two winning artworks are among 176 works exhibited by senior art and graphic design majors. This year’s exhibit includes the work of the first seniors to graduate from the bachelor of fine arts program at KSC. “Emerging Art” will be on display in both galleries through May 11. The gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 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 355 votes cast, Beaudoin and Pollock received the most votes in their respective categories.

Beaudoin created “Tiptoe” in the Advanced Graphic Design course taught by Yuan Pan, assistant professor of graphic design.

Pollock painted her self-portrait in Painting II taught by Peter Roos, associate professor of art.

The gallery will be closed May 12-30 and will reopen Saturday, May 31, with an exhibition highlighting work by Dublin Art Colony artists. This show, “Selections from the Collection,” will continue through Wednesday, Aug. 6. This exhibition of work in the Thorne’s permanent collection features nationally recognized 19th-century artists from the Dublin Art Colony, which flourished around Mount Monadnock into the 20th century, along with other artwork from the collection.

“American Design: American Culture of the 20th Century” will open June 14 and continue through Aug. 6. This exhibit centers on the many American decorative arts collected by Harrisville resident Léandre Poisson. The exhibit also highlights 1920s and 1930s items in Poisson’s collection and other objects on loan from the Historical Society of Cheshire County and the Horatio Colony Museum to complement Chautauqua 2003, “Between the Wars: America in the Twenties and Thirties,” to be held July 24-26 at Keene State College. During Chautauqua, the gallery will be open 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, and noon to 6 pm. Saturday, July 26. Poisson will conduct a guided tour through “American Design” at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

During the summer, the gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The gallery is closed Thursday and Friday during the summer. All 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. For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit

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