AMES, Iowa — Seven Iowa State University College of Design students won awards for their entries in “Studies in Creativity,” an annual juried exhibition on display through Monday, Dec. 11, in the Iowa State Memorial Union Gallery.

Des Moines artist and juror Amenda Tate Corso selected 38 artworks by 25 Iowa State students for the show, which features drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, woods, metals, and digital and mixed media. Corso presented awards at an opening reception Oct. 24.

Best of Show

Integrated studio arts senior Holly Hazelton, Cedar Rapids, received Best of Show for her charcoal drawing “Frank (After Chuck Close),” a large-scale portrait created for her spring 2017 life drawing class with Associate Professor Brent Holland, art and visual culture.

Hazelton’s winning entry was inspired by the intricate detail American artist Chuck Close is able to achieve in his photorealistic portraits, she said. A second work by Hazelton, “Rehash” (mixed-media collage with plastic bags), also part of the “Studies in Creativity” exhibition, won first place in the adult mixed-media category at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Merit Awards

Merit Award recipients included Emily Fitzpatrick, Toddville, a senior double-majoring in integrated studio arts and German language and culture, for “Impending Storm” (soft pastel); integrated studio arts senior Caleb Henkelman, Fort Dodge, for “Tumble IX” (photograph); and integrated visual arts graduate student Robert Jenkins, Rewey, Wisconsin, for “American Warrior” (graphite and acrylic mixed media including gunpowder on panel).

Fitzpatrick created her award-winning painting in a pastel workshop taught by Brenda Jones, University Professor of art and visual culture, this past summer.

“Ever since my [study-abroad trip to Austria in fall 2016], I’ve become more aware of the beauty that the Iowa landscape has to offer, especially the view from my childhood home,” which is depicted in “Impending Storm,” Fitzpatrick said. She has exhibited her work before, but this is the first time it’s been recognized with an award.

“I think it is important to keep in mind that you can’t give up. There will many shows that won’t turn out how you want,” she said. “As long as you keep trying and making your art, you will get where you are meant to go.”

Honorable mentions

Honorable mentions went to Lena Menefee-Cook, Ames, a senior double majoring in art and design and performing arts, for her mixed-media book titled “To Be,” and to integrated studio arts sophomore Camille Gatapia, Shawnee, Kansas, for her acrylic collage titled “Peter and Jesus on the Great Wave.”

Gatapia’s collage was a response to an assignment in her introductory painting class with art and visual culture Associate Professor Barbara Walton the first half of fall semester. The objective was to combine a historical and a contemporary painting to create an original artwork, she said.

Gatapia combined elements of “The Great Wave” woodblock print by Kanagawa Hokusai and a mosaic from the Monreale Cathedral in Palermo, Italy, with elements of contemporary artist David Konigsberg’s “Dark Cloud Horizon” to create a work “full of rich colors and enticing movement.”

“The metaphorical meaning I enjoyed the most was the juxtaposition of Jesus lifting Peter out of the water, and the original intention of ‘The Great Wave’ to be viewed from right to left, since this is how Japanese is read,” Gatapia said. This is also her first exhibition award.

In addition to the juror’s awards, integrated studio arts senior Jordan Luckow, Sioux City, received the purchase award for his acrylic painting, “Andy Warhol Glitch.” His work will become a part of the Memorial Union’s permanent art collection.

Participating artists

A complete list of artists with work in the exhibition:

Hannah Becker, fourth-year landscape architecture, Cedar Rapids
Rachel Deutmeyer, graduate student, integrated visual arts, Dubuque
Emily Dies, senior, integrated studio arts, Ames
Katie DuVal, senior, integrated studio arts, Logan (two works)
Marissa Elsberry, junior, art and design, Ogden (two works)
Emily Fitzpatrick, senior, integrated studio arts, Toddville
Colton Fuller, senior, integrated studio arts, Marshalltown
Sofia Camille Gatapia, sophomore, integrated studio arts, Shawnee, Kansas (three works)
Holly Hazelton, senior, integrated studio arts, Cedar Rapids (three works)
Ashia Healy, senior, integrated studio arts, Lake View
Cassandra Heckman, junior, integrated studio arts, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Erik Henjum, junior, industrial design, Long Lake, Minnesota
Caleb Henkelman, senior, integrated studio arts, Fort Dodge (two works)
Wonsil Jang (MFA 2017 Graphic Design), graduate student, human computer interaction, Busan, South Korea
Robert Jinkins, graduate student, integrated visual arts, Rewey, Wisconsin
Jordan Jorgensen, senior, integrated studio arts, Ames (two works)
Leah Landrum, senior, integrated studio arts, Ankeny
Jordan Larson (two works)
Fan-Kai Lin, fourth-year landscape architecture, Fresh Meadows, New York
Jordan Luckow, senior, integrated studio arts, Sioux City (three works)
Lena Menefee-Cook, senior, art and design and performing arts, Ames (two works)
Kirsten Morford, sophomore, integrated studio arts, Earlham (two works)
Sarah Rasmussen, senior, psychology, Goldfield (two works)
Harley Russmann, junior, integrated studio arts, Avoca
Aaron Swanson, sophomore, pre-industrial design, Ames


Emily Fitzpatrick, Integrated Studio Arts, eaf@iastate.edu
Sofia Camille Gatapia, Integrated Studio Arts, sgatapia@iastate.edu
Holly Hazelton, Integrated Studio Arts, hazelton@iastate.edu
Letitia Kenemer, Memorial Union Fine Arts, (515) 294-0971, letitia@iastate.edu
Madeline Hilby, Design Communications, mmhilby@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu