decorative image of student-art-honors , PSC Visual Arts Students showcase best work at 2022 Art Student Honors Exhibition 2022-05-04 07:49:45

decorative image of student-art-honors , PSC Visual Arts Students showcase best work at 2022 Art Student Honors Exhibition 2022-05-04 07:49:45By Troy Moon

Pensacola State College


Vogue magazine would be fortunate to have a cover as striking and visually compelling as the mock cover created by Pensacola State College graphic design student Aubrey Dean.


Dean’s three digital paintings that were then transformed into a mock cover and advertisements for Vogue won “Best in Show” at the 2022 PSC Art Student Honors Exhibition Award Ceremony.


The ceremony was held on April 14 in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts. Twenty students won awards, all coming with some sort of cash, product prize or scholarship. Dean won $300 for Best in Show, which is voted on by PSC Visual Arts Department faculty.


“I’ve been drawing since I could pick up a pencil,’’ said Dean, who will receive an Associate of Science in Graphic Design degree in May. “Even though I’ve been drawing for years, I’ve learned so much here at PSC. The instructors have been amazing and helpful and are very supportive. They’ve really helped me grow.”


Dean also is a student-intern graphic designer in the PSC Marketing Department.


The PSC Art Student Honors Exhibition runs through Friday, April 22, and showcases 96 artworks in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, painting, digital design, photography and sculpture.


“I’m very impressed with the variety of mediums and fields of study represented in the exhibition,” said Jason Pinckard, PSC Gallery Director. “The students have developed really strong technical skills and it’s evident throughout all the work. Every department is hitting the mark. You see the ambition and quality of the professors through the creativity of the students.”


Most, like Dean, have a desire to become professional working artists. That’s why they’re art majors. Some of the students represented in the exhibition will go into other fields after College, yet still have an internal artistic drive.


Hanna Matthews is a psychology student, but she won a “Best in Show – Honorable Mention” award – and $100 – for her Magnolia Platter Set Reduction-Fired Stoneware.


“Even though I’m a psychology student, I love art and take art classes as electives,’’ Mathews said. “I’ve always done art, but never played with ceramics until PSC. Every art class I take, I learn so much.”


Pinckard said the Art Student Honors Exhibition is a great opportunity for students in the show.


“They get to see their work in a gallery for the first time,’’ he said. “That does so much for their confidence and will encourage them to keep at it and continue working hard.”


There is no charge for admission to the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts. It is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 850-484-2550.


2022 Student Exhibition Award Winners

Best in Show ($300)

Aubrey Dean

Vogue Magazine

Digital painting

Portfolio with Mark Hopkins

Best in Show Honorable Mention ($100)

Troy Davis

A Perspective World

Pen on paper

2-D Design with Jimmy Rhea

Best in Show Honorable Mention ($100)

Hanna Mathews

Magnolia Platter Set

Reduction-fired stoneware

Ceramics II with Micah Cain

Best in Show Honorable Mention ($100)

Lily Meadows

The Pink Pony

Black conte on pink paper

Drawing II with Paula Work

Artel Prize ($25 Gift Voucher)

Allison Hannah

Self Portrait

Graphite on Paper

Artel Prize ($25 Gift Voucher)

Natalee Stuart

Still Life

Charcoal on Paper

People’s Choice Award ($100)

Micala Mathews

Unspoken Reality

Calagaz Photo Award – 3rd ($50 printing package)

Erika Akins

Not All Heroes Wear Capes, They Have Stitched-On Name Tags

Silver gelatin print

Photography I with Kristen Regan

Calagaz Photo Award – 2nd ($100 printing package)

Rosalyn Abella-Hurt


Lumen, silver gelatin print

Photography II with Mark Francis

Calagaz Photo Award – 1st ($150 printing package)

Jennifer Hendrix

The Great Escape

Solarization silver gelatin print

Photography II with Chris White

Paul D. Lyon Jr. Memorial Award ($125)

Tara Campbell



Sculpture I with Jimmy Rhea

Paul D. Lyon Jr. Memorial Award ($125)

Rebecca Thomaston

Surrounded by Mind

Archival ink jet print

Digital Photography II with Mark Francis

Tony Sam Faculty Choice Award ($100)

Heather Hinkle

Life and Death as a Cycle

Intaglio print

Printmaking I with Paula Work

Tony Sam Faculty Choice Award ($150)

Braden Makris


Digital using Procreate

Portfolio with Mark Hopkins

Bob and Pat Regan Award ($250)

Jace Champlin

Two Bottles

Reduction-fired stoneware

Ceramics with Micah Cain

Bob and Pat Regan Award ($275)

Chasity Brooks

Family Roots – Son Like Father


Portfolio with Mark Hopkins

Jaco’s Bayfront Photography Award ($500)

Ralitsa Mihaylova

Nowhere but Here

Silver Gelatin Print

Photography II with Mark Francis

Jaco’s Bayfront Photography Award ($500)

Kelsi Adams

At Home with You

Silver gelatin print

Large Format Photography with Mark Francis

1st place winner: Academic Excellence Scholarship – $3,600

Megan Grace Morris, Tate High School

Each year high school students apply for this scholarship

The applicants must be current high school seniors who will enroll in a graphic design, photography or associate in art degree at Pensacola State College.

They must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in academic coursework.

They are required to submit a digital portfolio of 10 to 15 pieces of artworks for the faculty to judge.

Anna Award ($1,000)

Brandon White

Associate in Science in Graphics Technology Degree

The Anna Award was established by the Switzer families to honor the memory of Anna Lamar Switzer, mother and grandmother of the Switzer and Reilly families who provided the transformational funds to renovate and expand the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts.  The Anna Award is given as a special recognition to the most outstanding associate degree-seeking student in the Visual Arts Department as selected by the faculty. The recipient of the $1,000 award must be graduating during the spring or the summer term.