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KSC Seniors Win Peoples Choice Art Award

KEENE, N.H. 4/29/02 -Keene State College senior art majors Heather Hammond and Christopher Cheney were voted the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for their work displayed in the annual KSC Art Students Exhibition “Emerging Art” at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. For the first time, gallery visitors were invited to vote for their favorite works in both graphic design and studio art.

Hammond of Surry received the People’s Choice Award in Studio Art for “Mother’s Cuppards,” an oil/mixed media work in two panels. Cheney of Keene earned the People’s Choice Award in Graphic Design for “Tentacles,” five pieces of digital prints and original poetry. 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 hundreds of works exhibited by senior art and graphic design majors, as well as other students who have taken art courses at KSC. “Emerging Art” will be on display in both galleries through Sunday, May 12, which will be open that day from noon to 6 p.m. for the Keene State College Commencement.

During the first weeks of the exhibit, visitors were invited to vote for their favorite works of art. Out of 120 votes cast, Hammond and Cheney received the most votes in their respective categories. Hammond created “Mother’s Cuppards” while working in the Painting III class taught by John Roberts, chairman of the Art Department.

Cheney made “Tentacles” while working in the Advanced Graphic Design course taught by Marsha Hewitt.

This is the third year the “Emerging Art” exhibit includes artwork by students in graphic arts, whose discipline was formerly offered within the Technology, Design, and Safety Department. The Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Review will take place in the Thorne Gallery on Friday, May 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Local businesspeople are invited to review the portfolios of graphic design seniors, most of whom are seeking employment upon graduation.

The “Emerging Art” exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The gallery will be closed from May 13-31 and will open Saturday, June 1, with an exhibition highlighting work by Dublin Art Colony artists. This show, “Selections from the Collection,” will continue through Wednesday, Aug. 7, and reopen Sept. 3-15. This exhibition of work in the Thorne’s permanent collection features nationally recognized 19th-century artists from the Dublin Art Colony, which flourished around New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock into the 20th century, along with other artwork from the collection.

A second summer exhibition features arts, crafts, and collectibles by the Keene State College community and Friends of the Thorne. “Passionate Pursuits: Keene State College faculty, staff, and students, and Friends of the Thorne share their creations and collectibles” will open Saturday, June 15, and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Friends of the Thorne will host a reception for “Passionate Pursuits” on Wednesday, June 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Thorne also will host a lecture about the Dublin Art Colony in July. Susan Faxon, assistant curator of the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass., will lecture on “The Art and Artists of the Dublin Art Colony” on Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of KSC’s Young Student Center.

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. The lecture, 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. For information, call 603-358-2720.

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