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Winners of Juried Student Art Show Announced at Exhibit Opening

RELEASED: April 11, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The 51st annual Juried Student Art Show at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire opened April 10 with a presentation of awards during a reception in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit, which will run through April 30, is free and open to the public.

Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener said 206 works were entered by 101 artists. Eighty artworks by 55 artists were accepted into the show.

"Here Comes the" by Lauren Faust (top photo) and "Morning, Day, Night" by Eric Lee (below) won first- and second-place honors, respectively, in UW-Eau Claire's Juried Student Art Show. The show, which includes 80 works by 55 student artists, runs through April 30 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. (Photos by UW-Eau Claire student Glenn Terpstra)

Senior Lauren Faust, Verona, won first place for her ceramics piece "Here Comes the." Second place went to junior Eric Lee, Eau Claire/Mondovi, for his oil on canvas "Morning, Day, Night." Senior Hanna Agar, Westby, took third place with her digital color photo "Unneeded." Honorable mentions were awarded to senior Natalie Janssen, Oshkosh, for her inkjet photo "Creature Series"; senior Kerri Kiernan, Seymour, for her drawing/installation "See You Around"; senior Dan Krenn, Madison, for his untitled wood sculpture; senior Pamela Rindo, Eau Claire, for her sculpture "Comes in Handy"; and senior Kathleen Spaeth, Mondovi/Cadott, for her sculpture "Homage to Kraut Cutter."

This year's juror, Matthew Friday, selected works that he thought best made up a cohesive exhibit. Friday has a master of fine arts degree in painting and mixed media from Indiana State University. He is an assistant professor of painting at Ohio University. Friday also has worked as a curatorial assistant and installation coordinator for exhibits of Manhattan public schools and various New York City galleries.

In his painting career, Friday has exhibited nationally in solo and juried art exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art Open Studios, Exhibit Art Gallery, the Cambridge Art Association and elsewhere. In his work, he re-illustrates people and events such as Britney Spears and Ronald Regan's presidency.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Wagener at 715-836-2328.

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