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UMW art students shine at exhibition

The University of Montana Western Art Gallery hosted its annual student art reception Feb. 19.

Tom Foolery served as this year’s juror. Foolery is a Montana artist who specializes in miniature, narrative dioramas that are often playful and laced with satire.

“The 2015 Student Art Exhibition is impressive,” said Glenn Bodish, Montana Western Art Gallery director and UMW fine arts professor. “The talent that is emerging from our student population is phenomenal. Their dedication to their craft has produced thought provoking, dynamic and beautiful works of art. This exhibition reveals the commitment of our students, the success of our faculty and dedication of our staff. I am grateful to be part of the process.” 

All art displayed in the exhibition was created by Montana Western students, and Montana Western’s Emerick Foundation awarded $1,300 in prizes to the outstanding students for their achievements.

This year’s artistic achievement award winners are:

Three-dimensional awards:

First place – Kersten Feldhaus
Second place – Nicole Jacque
Third place – Beata Soyland
Fourth place – Shawn Robbins


Two-dimensional awards:

First place – Tsea Francisconi
Second place – Shauna Fulkerson
Third place – Brooke Leonardson
Fourth place – Taylor Hoyer


Honorable mentions:

Elizabeth Nutzman
Seth Hogan
Cristian Harris-Chapman
Madeline Hogan
Leighann Bracco

The gallery will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until March 6.