Northwest to host statewide student art competition

ACT_9598 The Northwest Mississippi Community College Art Department will host the 2014 Mississippi Community College /Junior College Art Instructor’s Association (MC/JCAIA) Student Art Competition/Exhibition from March 6 to April 4. The competition and exhibit will be held in the Northwest Art Gallery, located on the Senatobia campus.

The opening reception for the event will be held on March 6 in the gallery at noon according to Lawayne House, art department chair. “We want to encourage the community and also Northwest students to come to the reception,” House said.

Art students from Northwest and almost every community and junior college in the state will compete in this event.  “This is a great opportunity for our students to see how they stack up against other art students in the state, because they are going to naturally compare their own work to what they see,” House said. “They are going to see strengths that other students have that they may not have, and vice versa. It is always good for students to see other students’ work. I always tell my students that it is important to see what other student artists are doing.”

House said that art instructors at each school will submit students’ pieces and that they will be judged on March 5 by two out-of-state judges, in accordance with MC/JCAIA rules. This year’s judges, Maritza Davila, professor of printmaking and Remy Miller, professor of fine arts and foundation studies, are both from the Memphis College of Art.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Painting and Mixed Media; Drawing; 3-D Design; 2-D Design; Graphic Art; Printmaking; Photography and Ceramics. In each category a first ($100) place; second ($75); third ($50) and honorable mention (ribbon) will be awarded. The grand prize winner of “Best of Show” will be awarded $200. House said he expects there to be at least 200-250 pieces on exhibit.  “I hope everyone will take advantage of this event. There will be a vast variety of artwork on display at this exhibition,” House said.

Colleges in the MC/JCAIA take turns hosting this annual event, according to House. He said that this is the first time in about 10 years that the exhibit has been hosted at Northwest. “This is also a good for faculty members to see each year, because we compare our teaching methods to our peers. Sometimes it will inspire me, personally, in my own teaching,” House said.

The art curriculum at Northwest is designed for students who plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university or professional art school, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Students who complete the curriculum earn an Associate of Arts degree. The curriculum includes instruction in art history, drawing, design and computer art in addition to core classes.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – noon, Fridays.  Admission to the gallery is free.

For more information contact Art Chair, Lawayne House, at 662-562-3399 or e-mail

 Story by LaJuan Tallo, Communications Assistant

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