The following is a news release from Jones County Junior College:
Outstanding student artwork from Mississippi's fifteen Community-Junior Colleges' can be viewed at Jones County Junior College's Eula Bass Lewis art gallery through April 10. The college hosted the 25th annual Mississippi Community/Junior College Art Instructor's Association State Art Competition earlier this month with six sophomore JCJC art students taking home awards. JCJC sophomore Cody Pate from Vancleave earned a first place blue ribbon for his graphic design of the 25th anniversary art competition postcard.
"I was pretty excited to have the winning design to highlight the 25th anniversary," said Pate, who kind of 'fell' into the art world. "I was here at Jones on a cheerleading scholarship and I kept leaning towards art as a career. Now I know I made the right choice."
JCJC art instructor, Melanie Eubanks said hosting the statewide competition not only gives JCJC instructors an opportunity to see how Jones students compare to other students but it also provides a unique opportunity for the community.
"We are fortunate to have this gallery on campus to host events like the MC/JCAIA competition. It gives our students and the community a chance to see unique artwork and possibly discovery new up-and-coming artists," said Eubanks.
Contest judges, Wanda Sullivan who teaches painting and printmaking at Springhill College in Mobile, AL, and Phil Counselman who is a sculptor from the University of Mobile were impressed with the entries they received from the states' art students.
"We have been teaching for over thirty years combined and have seen our share of student work," said Sullivan. "We were both so impressed with the high quality of work….We were both scheming/plotting as to how we could coax all the Mississippi students to attend our schools in Alabama."
JCJC winners include Chloe Albright of Terry receiving 1st place in Ceramics; Cody Pate of Vancleave earned1st place in Graphic Design; 3rd place in Drawing went to Heather Byall of Purvis; 3rd place honors in 3D Design was bestowed upon London Edwards of Petal; Jessica Karns of Laurel earned an Honorable Mention for her 3D Design and Hunter Langley of Waynesboro received an Honorable Mention for his painting.