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Art festival displays, honors student work

The second Festival of the Arts took place Sunday on the Quad, despite some changes in the schedule caused by inclement weather.

The festival was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was rescheduled because of expected rain, said Jacqueline Kierans, a graduate assistant at the Student Activities Center and a ceramics student.


Kierans said the purpose of the festival was to “show other students at GW the kind of art that happens at GW.”

Although the originally scheduled music, dance and dramatic performances by student groups did not occur Sunday because of a scheduling conflict, festival organizers held a student art show and contest. Colonnade Gallery Coordinator Tracy Avant said several artists did not display their art because of anticipated bad weather.

“It’s hard when you’re doing anything that’s weather dependent,” Avant said.

Dramatic literature major David Lipsitt said arts students have their own cliques and gatherings, but because the festival was on the Quad, students from all fields could see the art.

“It attracts different kinds of art and different kinds of people,” Lipsitt said.

Six prizes were donated for the show, three from the GW Bookstore and one each from the Shakespeare Theatre, Plaza Arts and Utrecht Art Supply, Kierans said.

Avant said judging the art entries was difficult because of the different media. Criteria included overall artistic quality, aesthetics, skill, conceptual ideas, originality and competence of technique. Lipsitt said 20 to 30 students were represented in the art show.

First place was awarded to graduate student Sukanya Weesakul, awarded for her whole body of work – a monoprint and two etchings, all untitled. The second place award was given to graduate student Mansoor Azarhooshang for a wood and aluminum sculpture entitled “Man Kind.” Third place went to graduate student Michael Roman for a stoneware piece entitled “Vessel One.” Fourth place went to Scott Hutchison. Honorable mentions were given to Heidi Wicker, Sara Atwater and Brendan Banks.

“A lot of people have been coming by, which is good,” Kierans said.

She said students who viewed the exhibit showed interest in several individual pieces and even inquired about purchasing them. Avant said the Festival of the Arts is a good way for student artists to gain exposure.

Zeta Phi Beta’s “Showtime at Zeta’s Apollo” Friday night began the Festival of the Arts.

The Festival of the Arts will occur again next year, Avant said. This year’s event gave organizers “a really good idea of where we want to go next,” she said.

The festival may become a joint venture with the University’s annual Spring Fling, Avant said.

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