McCormick Wins Top Prize in Art Exhibit

Arkansas Tech University student Amanda McCormick was presented with the best in show award on Friday, March 18, for her entry in the 2016 Art and Architecture Exhibit hosted by the Arkansas Tech Museum.

McCormick is a junior graphic design student from Ozark. Her watercolor of John E. Tucker Coliseum will be purchased by the museum and become part of its permanent collection.

Barbara Taurone, a junior fine art student from Dover, and Kristen Treglown, a junior art education student from Pine Bluff, received honorable mention awards.

All of the watercolor artworks submitted for the exhibit will remain on display through April 27 in the Arkansas Tech Museum, which is located in the Techionery at at 1502 North El Paso Ave. in Russellville.

The watercolors are accompanied on display by a series of photographs depicting Tucker Coliseum, all of which were created by Arkansas Tech basic photography students.

Each year since 2009, a structure on campus is selected as the focal point of the Art and Architecture exhibit. Tucker Coliseum was chosen for the 2016 show so that the artworks could complement an ongoing museum exhibit concerning the life and times of the building’s namesake, the Original Wonder Boy, John Tucker.

This year marks the eighth annual Art and Architecture exhibit, which 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.