A number of local students and professional artists were among those whose that took home prizes for artwork highlighting the theme “Making Peace with the Environment” as part of Wilmington College’s 25th annual Westheimer Peace Symposium Oct.13.
The exhibit in WC’s Harcum Gallery runs weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 23. The gallery will be open extended hours through 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Winners in the High School Division are: Allison Dooley of Wilmington High School, first place, for her repurposed wood and flower assemblage titled “Peace and the Environment”; Kylie Jung of Blanchester High School, second place, for her tryptic titled “For the Sake of Progression”; and Carissa Frost of Blanchester High School, third place, for her pencil drawing titled “Balancing Act.”
In the College Division, winners include: Michael Campton of Southern State Community College, first place, for his oil painting titled “Abandoned Dreams”; Darcie Prather of Southern State Community College, second place, for her pencil drawing titled “Acrididae”; and Colt Lang of Southern State Community College, third place, for his scratch-art piece titled “Determination.”
Winners in the Professional Division are: Beverly Drapalik, first place, for her oil painting titled “Protection, Hope, and Birth”; Craig Dove of Wilmington, second place, for his acrylic painting titled “Wy’east Watches Over Stumptown”; and Karay Martin of Cincinnati for her installation piece titled “The Marginalia, the Ourobourous, and The Altar.”
Also, a special award was presented to Pearl Spurlock for her piece, “Sea Turtle Ashore.” It turns out her artwork was judged in the professional category — and she was a runner-up — while she is a seventh-grade student at Clinton-Massie Middle School. Pearl’s work especially impressed the judges and, ultimately, received first place in the specially established Young Professional Division.