This February, three seniors in Miami University’s art department won in Summerfair Cincinnati’s “Emerging Artists” exhibition.
Art and arts management double major Nick Felaris took home the top Jerry Bollen Award for “KETTLEPEOPLE” (Ink, oil, acrylic, oil stick, and spray paint on canvas. 30 x 30 inches).
Art major and art history and museums studies minor Mary Visco scored second place for “Expanse” (Oil on panel).
Art and art therapy double major Madison MacKinnon earned an honorable mention for Emerging Ember.
MacKinnon already reached this level after starting painting only two years ago. She practices it, along with drawing, sculpting and other art forms, for two hours every day.
“It’s more than just a hobby,” MacKinnon said. “This is my passion and I can't see myself doing anything else.”
Visco began painting much earlier, so she changes her artistic process all the time to prioritize always trying new things.
“I’m glad that I have been able to continue making art in college,” Visco said. “I’m really grateful for the people who have made me aware of opportunities throughout my four years here.”
Since Visco had her art accepted into shows before this, she already knew some of her local artist peers. However, she and MacKinnon agreed that meeting more of them was the best part.
“Art as a job is all about connections,” MacKinnon said.
However, their artistry continues far past this exhibit. MacKinnon thinks the artist never stops ‘emerging.’
“Art isn't one of those skills that you can just perfect,” MacKinnon said. “There is always improvement with every piece you make.”
So does Visco, who uses everything the art department offers to her advantage.
“There’s a lot to do at Miami,” Visco said. “I’m very thankful for the supportive community I’ve found here.”
The exhibition continues through Feb. 24th at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.
Jayne Utter, Summerfair's managing director, and juror Mary Donaldson presented the Best in Show prizes.