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Polk State Student Art Exhibit winners announced

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Polk State College’s Student Art Exhibit is on display at the Polk State Lakeland Art Gallery through May 5. Last week, a reception was held to announce and honor the winners of the exhibition comprised of a variety of visual art including paintings, drawings sculptures, photos, and digital art all made by talented students.

Best in Show was awarded to Murmur by Galina Hitching, who will receive art supplies and a scholarship for one future art class at the College. Additional awardees also received art supplies and certificates:

Best in Category – Ceramics – Mallorie Kilpatrick – Chicken Coil Pot

Best in Category – Sculpture – Elizabeth Mandeille – Spiraling

Best in Category – Drawing – Paula Joglar Torres – Light as a Feather

Best in Category – Mixed Media – Riley Grant – Directing Light

Best in Category – Painting – Ryan Adams – Darby Allin

Best in Category – Photography – Chris Jackson – Scarlet

Best in Category – Design – Ivan Ramos – Octobet

Best in Category – Digital – Sarah Duffield – Untitled

Honorable Mention – Ceramics – Mallorie Kilpatrick – Cabbage Teapot

Honorable Mention – Sculpture – Elizabeth Mandeille – Cubist Construction

Honorable Mention – Drawing – Paulie Mai – Jealousy / Envy

Honorable Mention – Mixed Media – Noel Collado – Untitled God Piece

Honorable Mention – Painting – Ivan Ramos – Xquic

Honorable Mention – Photography – Wendy Davis – Exquisitely Bound

Honorable Mention – Design – Paula Joglar Torres – Dangerous Waters

Honorable Mention – Digital – Jacob Seekins – Head in the Clouds

People’s Choice Award – Ivan Ramos – Xquic


Master of Art Tommy Frank judged the exhibition. Art faculty, Dean of Academic Affairs April Robinson, and Interim Associate Vice President of Corporate and Leadership Development presented students with their awards during the April reception.

Polk State Visual Arts is led by faculty members with decades of professional educational experience, and who encourage students to not only develop and diversify their artistic skills but also explore and pursue arts-related careers. The Associate in Arts degree with a Visual Art Pathway allows students to receive a two-year degree concentrating on Visual Art. This prepares students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs in areas including but not limited to Studio Art, Ceramics, Painting, Art Education, Photography, Graphic Design, and Animation. Students study a wide range of artistic expressions, from fundamentals of design and drawing to advanced levels of studio art and photography. Students are also afforded numerous opportunities to showcase their work at the College and throughout the community.

More information about The Arts is available at www.polk.edu/the-arts.