AMES, Iowa — Six College of Design students took top honors in the 2020 Apex Student Juried Exhibit, a virtual exhibition hosted by the Iowa State University Memorial Union.

This year’s show was juried by Jeremy Chen, assistant professor of art at Grinnell College and founding member of The Moving Crew. Chen accepted 41 artworks by 28 students for the exhibition, which was moved online when the university shifted to virtual instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

James Casad, senior in integrated studio arts, won Best in Show for his brass sculpture titled “Orifice II.” Merit Awards went to industrial design senior Joe Fentress for “Thea” (ash and fabric lamp); industrial design senior Nathan Miklo for “Form-Y” (ash and aluminum bicycle); and graphic design graduate student Zach Stewart for “Has the Globe Become the New Swoosh?” (risograph zine).

Honorable mentions were awarded to graphic design senior Christian D’Cruz for “G00nD0ck Future” (mixed-media painting) and industrial design sophomore Tristan Beilharz for “Looking Back” (pen and ink drawing).

Participating artists

Artists with work in the show include:

Abon Ajang, senior, interdisciplinary design

Tristan Beilharz, sophomore, industrial design

Catherine Berg, junior, integrated studio arts

Laine Bullinger, senior, interdisciplinary design

Jasmine Beul, graduate student, integrated visual arts

James Casad, senior, integrated studio arts

Naomi Chicoine, senior, integrated studio arts

Jonas Christian, senior, industrial design

Christian D’Cruz, senior, graphic design

Matthew Cook, senior, graphic design

Charles Esker, senior, integrated studio arts

Joe Fentress, senior, industrial design

Brett Garrett, senior, integrated studio arts

Darya Geary, senior, integrated studio arts

Allison Hellman, senior, integrated studio arts

Grace Herzberg, senior, biological/pre-medical illustration

Celeste Ki, junior, kinesiology and health

Savannah Kellis, senior, integrated studio arts

Abdelrahman Mannan, senior, electrical engineering

Rami Mannan, graduate student, architecture

Nathan Miklo, senior, industrial design

Mae Murphy, senior, architecture

Emma Olson, sophomore, pre-industrial design

Sue Pham, junior, art and design

Sarah Siroky, junior, integrated studio arts

Lauren Stokes, senior, architecture

Sophia Szacaks, senior, industrial design

Zach Stewart, graduate student, graphic design


Letitia Kenemer, Memorial Union Fine Arts, letitia@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, hsauer@iastate.edu