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KSC Seniors Outwater and Kooy Win People's Choice Art Awards

Angel, Jessica Kooy's book with digital and  hand-drawn illustrations
Angel, Jessica Kooy's book with digital and hand-drawn illustrations

KEENE, N.H. 5/2/05 - Keene State College senior art majors Hannah Outwater and Jessica Kooy 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. 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 365 votes cast, Outwater and Kooy received the most votes in their respective categories. Each student receives a $100 cash award from the Friends of the Thorne along with a People’s Choice Commendation.

Outwater of Bennington, Vt., received the People’s Choice Award in studio art for her untitled painting of a child at the beach. She painted the work in a Painting III course taught by Peter Roos, an associate professor of art. Outwater will graduate on Sunday with a bachelor of science degree in education and studio art.

Kooy of Warwick, N.Y., earned the People’s Choice Award in graphic design for “Angel,” a book with digital and hand-drawn illustrations. She created the book in the Advanced Graphic Design course taught by Marsha Hewitt, associate professor and chairperson of the Art Department. Kooy will graduate on Sunday with a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design.

The two winning artworks are among 162 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 third 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 8. The gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, for Commencement.

The gallery will be closed May 9-June 3 and will reopen Saturday, June 4, with two summer exhibitions. “Women’s Caucus for Art: In Our Hearts and on Our Minds” is an exhibit of juried artworks exploring personal, political, or social issues of interest to artists who are members of the Women’s Caucus for Art chapters in New Hampshire, Boston, and Central Massachusetts.

The second exhibit, “Selections from the Collection,” will showcase three recently acquired prints by Rockwell Kent along with other artwork from the Dublin (N.H.) Art Colony as well as contemporary pieces in the Thorne’s permanent collection. Both exhibits will open with a reception on Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will be displayed through Friday, Aug. 5. The Women’s Caucus for Art exhibit will reopen Sept. 6-23.

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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