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Students Awarded for Artistry

Through words and voice, fabric and ceramic, creativity and skill, these students have created works of art that demand attention. Currently on display on the main floor of Hutchins Library, the winning entries for the Hutchins Award contest demonstrate some of the outstanding talent that is present on Berea College's campus.

The winning Hutchins Award entries are now on display at the library.

The first place award for art was presented to Beatrice Larson for her textile piece "Meditation." It is made of dyed broadcloth and canvas, accented with pigments and embroidery. "My inspiration comes from my own knowledge about Buddhism and what I have learned since coming to Berea College," says Larson, who is a Studio Art major with an emphasis in Fibers. "At the time [I made the piece] I was working on a body of work based on meditation and Buddhism relationship with Christianity." Larson's artwork is representative of the centering of one's thoughts as a method of meditation, and she uses the circles and the texture of the cloth to help viewers come closer and focus on the center image.

Second place went to Tamara Williams for her series of ceramic pieces exploring what she calls "the connection between human wholeness and the formation of an identity through the structure that he or she calls home." Third place was awarded to Barbara Ann Adams for "The Wounded Soul," which seeks to address abusive relationships and the secrecy that is attached to intimacy and injury.

First place for literature went to Paul Wesley Scott for his manuscript submission of original poetry. "This is a selection of poems that have been written over the course of the past three years," explains Scott. "I try to balance the experimental with the conventional and the emotional with the intellectual in my work… For me, the music that a poem can create is what sets it apart from other genres of writing."

Christina Poteet won second place with her critical essay "Debunking the Beauty Myth through Body Wash and Shampoo: An Ideological Analysis of Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty." Third place was shared by Elizabeth Ford and Jessica Hasting, both of whom submitted collections of their poetry.

The first place winner in music was Krista Bowker for "Dance of the Ducks," a trio for alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, and tuba that was inspired by a "comical little melody" on a friend's voicemail. "I used this combination of instruments to set the humorous mood that the piece takes on," states Bowker. "The form of the piece is theme and variation. This is a very whimsical piece. ...Everyone who has heard this piece so far has gotten a smile on their face as they imagine ducks waddling along in some sort of dance."

Eric D. Jackson, Jr. was awarded second place in music for his song "Weapons in the Heir." It is a song that seeks to be "an uplifting song of power, encouragement and inspiration." It is "very dear to my heart," says Jackson. It was written by Jackson and produced by Jackson and his father.

The Francis S. Hutchins Awards were established in 1965 by friends and admirers of the former president of Berea College. The awards are given annually to juniors and seniors for their creative work in music, literature and the visual arts, showing evidence of growth and accomplishment in the field of humanities. They are judged on basis of merit by a panel of judges.

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