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Wilkinson Wins "Art & Architecture" Exhibition

Arkansas Tech student Justin Wilkinson took Best of Show in the third annual "Art and Architecture: Student Exhibition."

The 2011 winners of the "Art and Architecture: Student Exhibition" are:

  • Receiving Best in Show and a $100 prize, was Justin Wilkinson (right). He is a junior graphic design major from Huntsville, Ark.
  • Kelsey McCall (below top), Honorable Mention recipient, is a sophomore majoring in fine arts and she is from Little Rock.
  • Laura Burton (below bottom), Honorable Mention recipient, is a senior from Fort Smith majoring in fine arts.

"I just wanted to thank God for the inspiration to paint this piece of art," Wilkinson, winner of the exhibition, said.

The exhibit is a cooperative effort between the Art Department and the Arkansas Tech Museum.  The museum, which is located inside the Techionary, welcomes visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or by special arrangement.

Participants were students in a watercolor painting course under the instruction of David Mudrinich, associate professor of drawing and painting.

The museum will display the paintings through April and have special hours on Saturday, April 30 from 2-5 p.m. The paintings will be taken down the following Monday.

Organizers say approximately 20 students from the watercolor painting course participated in the competition. The yearly competition features historic buildings on the Tech campus.  This year, students were asked to paint Williamson Hall using watercolor.

Williamson Hall, an academic building built in 1940, has been renovated twice. The first time was in 1973 and most recently, in 2003, the addition of a full service kitchen in Williamson Dining Hall was completed. The building is named for Marvin M. Williamson, who was a director of band and orchestra.

Admission to the exhibit is free. Click here to visit the museum website. To make special arrangements contact Director of Museum Judith Stewart-Abernathy at 479.964.0831.

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