Early in December 2012 Salt Lake Community College held their annual Multicultural Art Exhibit which is for all students of the college. Will Unga, the Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives did an amazing job handling all the logistics of the show. Here he is in front of the work I entered.
I am currently attending classes in jewelry making with the intent to learn enough metal smithing skills to allow me to use metal inlays in my art. Jewelry making is proving a challenge, albeit a worthwhile and fulfilling one. Because I am a student and I also seek opportunities to help share cultures, I chose to enter three pieces (the maximum allowed) that represent different cultures around the world rendered in my own interpretation. All of these pieces have won numerous awards in the past.
I saw this exhibit as a great way to determine the public’s views of these works because all entries from all artists would be judged as one category. I was a little nervous about the results because all of them have special meaning to me. The judging was accomplished by public pole from students, faculty, and staff. The announcement for the winners was made on December 11, 2012. Here is a copy of what was sent:
The information below are the final results from the Multicultural Art Exhibit:
1st Place: “Miniature Seed Pots” by Brian Baity
2nd Place: “Whisper”
3rd Place: “Freedom Ride”
I am honored to have been chosen as the overall winner. There were many excellent choices for the public to consider. This choice also helps me to know I should continue my efforts on this miniature seed pot path I have chosen. Unfortunately, I do not have photos of the 2nd and 3rd place winners. I do not photograph other artist’s work without permission and when I was at the exhibit none of the artists were available to inquire of. Regardless. Congratulations to all the artists who entered. Supporting the arts is a strong belief for me and I am thrilled to have shared this exhibit with other passionate artists.
In closing, my gratitude goes out to Dr. Abio Ayeliya, Will Unga, and the many other staff and faculty who assisted in this successful event.