Three students were awarded special prizes for their achievement in Studio Art at the opening reception for the 2014 Annual Student Exhibition on Wednesday, April 16. Senior Erik Stumpo is the winner of this year’s Richard Goldberg Class of 1958 Award for the Sensitive Interpretation of an Artistic Vision, for his series of color photographs entitled “calm.” Hemi Park, class of 2016, was chosen by Jim Marple and Cheryl Beadle Marple to receive the Beadle Marple Art Award for Creativity, in recognition of her interrelated series of drawings and collages. Both of these awards include a $100 prize.
New this year is the Berman Prize for Excellence, a $500 prize recognizing outstanding artistic achievement. Zachary Scheib, a senior and psychology major, won the Berman Prize for his large-scale kinetic sculpture, Balancing a Fractal Universe. Scheib’s work was selected by Charles Stainback, the Berman Museum’s Director, and Ginny Kollak, Curator of Exhibitions. In making their choice Stainback and Kollak were not only impressed with the formal beauty of the sculpture, but also with the interdisciplinary nature and interactive features of the work, which references molecular structures and invites its audience to touch and play.
The 2014 Annual Student Exhibition continues at the Berman Museum of Art through May 16, and features these prize-winning works and others by Ursinus students Anthony Alvarez, Mara Berzins, Bryanna Bonner, Randi Hladik, Emily Immel, Ryan Kiehart, Soo-Jung Kim, Christa Oestreich, Hemi Park, Gabrielle Perrottet, Kyle Peterson, Jenny Phillips, Monica Reuman, Zachary Scheib, Erik Stumpo, and Zhehui Zhu.