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• February 16, 2012
Tech students took homefrst, second and third places atthe Art rom the G.U.T. open-ing reception Friday night in acompetition against the Uni-versity o Louisiana at Monroeand Grambling State UniversityJenny Burnham, curator o education and public programsat the Masur Museum o Art,served as the show’s jurors. Outo more than 200 pieces sub-mitted, Burnham selected 60pieces to display at the show.“I looked or art that spoketo me,” Burnham said. “I theyhad a good message, i theytook some risk, i they chosesomething out o the box. I alsochose some traditional pieceswhere I looked more or goodtechnique.”First place went to AshleyFeagin, a photography graduatestudent, or a piece titled “Shitand Ache.” Feagin said thepiece relates to a diagnosis shereceived a ew years ago thatmay make her unable to havechildren.“This piece represents theconstant emotional and psy-chological tension that existsrom this knowledge,” Feaginsaid.“Shit and Ache” was com-posed o a piece o white linen20 yards long, draped rom tworods, suspended 7 eet in the air,hanging rom the ceiling. Theabric was knotted in the mid-dle and hung down into a whitewooden basin flled with redliquid that soaked the knot and began to travel up both sides o the abric.“The shit part is rom thevisual tension that the abriccould all down at any momentrom the weight o the liquidtraveling up the abric,” Feaginsaid. “For me, it is symbolizingthis ear o some day, when Iam ready to start a amily, thatthis option may not be possible.‘Ache’ comes rom the literalpain I experience with endo-metriosis.”Ariel Hoggart, a sophomorecommunication design major,said Feagin’s work was one o her avorites.“I like it because o what itsignifes,” she said. “She is will-ing to come out with that anddeal with it artistically.”Second place went to Whit-ney Caskey or her series o six portraits. Feagin earned her bachelor’s in studio art in thespring and is now working to-ward her bachelor’s in photog-raphy, .The piece, titled “Fam-ily Tree”, is six black and whitephotographs o Caskey and herhusband made to look like peo-ple o dierent ages who werepainted over.“I named this piece ‘FamilyTree’ because it shows six peo-ple at very dierent ages that alllook similar,” Caskey said. “Itcomes across as one dysunc-tional amily, instead o twopeople in dierent costumes.”Caskey said she usually triesto make her work hint towardsa story, but this work was slight-ly dierent.“This work just shows thecharacters and allows the view-er to create their own narrativeswith them,” she said. “We triedto let each o the charactershave their own personality, sothat at frst glance, someonemight mistake them as dierentpeople.”Tiany Craw, a junior pho-tography major, said she likedthat Caskey’s work seemed to be dierent people.“I really liked Whitney Cas-key’s because it showed herand her husband three dierentways,” she said.Gary Guinigundo, a juniorphotography major, said Cas-key’s piece was his avorite.“It was my avorite because Iound it really unique-looking,”he said.Third place went to ErinHollis or her inkwork titled “ADierent Language.”The grand prize awarded toFeagin was a business or post-card designed by Donnie BellDesigns.“I was really excited that‘Shit and Ache’ was accepted,”Feagin said. “It was my frsttrue venture to show non-image based work. Winning was unex-pected.”
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Students win Art from the G.U.T.
Photo by Jessica Van Alstyne
People gather at the Enterprise Center for the Art from the G.U.T. show. Works by Grambling University , University of Louisiana at Mon-roe, and Louisiana Tech students are featured in the exhibition.
design and print because itwill give them better perspec-tive in the process o creatingart and being successul in lie.“History is relevant to ev-erything whether you are a bricklayer or volcano inspec-tor,” he said. “It is important inevery aspects o each step wetake in lie.”Students such as TennillePaden, a communication de-sign graduate student, saidmost o people are unamiliarwith letterpress today.“I think it is a great presen-tation along with exhibition,”she said. “I have never seenletterpress beore and lookoriginal letterpress printing inmy lie.”Paden, who is also a graph-ic designer, said she got anopportunity to participate inan art workshop a day beorethe exhibition and learnedhow to use letterpress print-ing.“It is the old-ashioned wayo how the printings weredone in the past,” she said.“Now, everything is done bycomputers digitally.”Jes Schrom, an assistanproessor o photography,said she is happy to see thestudents’ participation andhope that will be useul ortheir career.“Students get the eel orthe level o quality o workthey need to make a living ina career feld,” she said. “Stu-dents get excited about theirwork and view the art in di-erent perspectives which helpre-invent new avenues and ex-plore the art.”
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people need to go back andlook at it,” Davis, a sopho-more, said. “The South hasway more plantations than theNorth, so it is more relevantto us. It was a big issue beorecivil war. They ought backrom a position where theywere being oppressed.”However other studentssuch as Tyler Brown said itdoesn’t make any sense tohave a Black History Month.“I really don’t think thereshould be a specifc month or black history,” Brown, a soph-omore, said. “A whole monthseems overdone to me.”Brown said all Americansshould be treated equally re-gardless o their race, color,religion or national origin. Headded, it just makes Arican-Americans seem that they aremore important than every-one else.“We were brought here asslaves, but we are Americans.We have gotten our citizen-ship,” he said. “I we have aspecial month, it makes senseor other demographics tohave a month.”Mango-Ambrose said his-tory books undermined thehistory o Arican Americansand caused others to orgethat it was the oundation o our civilization.“We should learn moreabout black history than jus being slaves and ocus on thecivil march during the CiviRights Movement.” She said.Anderson also said BlacHistory Month should not bean isolated month o the yeaor just Arican Americans, buas a time where Americansare reminded to not orget thediversity o their history.“It is a reminder that in almonth and all times, we mustell a ull and complete historyo the United States, withouleaving anyone out,” he said.“Particularly, the Arican-American experience is a es-sential to being an American.There has been a lot o greawork in our social and politicahistory.”
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