Lambert Takes Top Prize in ATU Museum Exhibit

W.O. Young Building Watercolor Elayna Lambert 2020
This image shows Elayna Lambert's winning entry in the 2020 Art and Architecture Exhibit hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Museum. It is a watercolor depicting the W.O. Young Building.

Arkansas Tech University student Elayna Lambert was presented with the best in show award for her entry in the 2020 Art and Architecture Exhibit hosted by the ATU Museum.

Lambert is from North Little Rock. Her major field of study at ATU is fine art. Her minor field of study is biology.

She was one of 14 students from a spring 2020 course taught by David Mudrinich, ATU professor of art, who submitted watercolor paintings for the exhibit.

Danielle Bertuca of Rogers and Charles Farmer of Glenwood earned honorable mention prizes. Bertuca is majoring in fine art, while Farmer is a biology major who is pursuing the biomedical option and a minor in art.

Each year since 2009, a structure on campus has been selected as the focal point of the Art and Architecture exhibit. The subject for the 2020 exhibit was the W.O. Young Building.

Constructed as a student center and opened in January 1959, the Young Building is home to the Barnes and Noble College ATU Bookstore, the on-campus location of the U.S. Post Office, the ATU Office of Purchasing, the ATU Office of Travel and a ballroom space that hosts a wide variety of events.

The namesake of the facility, William O. Young, oversaw the business affairs of Arkansas Tech as secretary and bursar from 1917-42, acted as interim president of the college from 1923-25 and was owner of the original Jerry the Bulldog during the 1930s.

The Art and Architecture exhibit is a collaborative effort by the Arkansas Tech Museum and the Arkansas Tech Department of Art. The series was inspired by the 1968 watercolor paintings of six campus facilities by Arkansas Tech student James Gowing for the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association calendar.

Judges for the 2020 exhibit were Dr. James Peck, director of the ATU Museum and ATU assistant professor of art history; Dr. Aaron McArthur, ATU associate professor of history; and Dr. Lynnette Gilbert, ATU assistant professor of art.

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