“Paper Goddess” by Joseph Booth won Best in Show

Every other year, MAC displays student works from the area’s five colleges and universities for a juried art competition called the “5.” Entry was open to all students enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic school year attending Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile, and the University of South Alabama.

From the 90 submissions we received, 60 pieces from 34 artists were selected by Judge Wendy DesChene of Auburn University. Six winners were announced at the LoDa ArtWalk on Friday, April 13, 2018. The three Honorable Mentions were awarded to the following students: Katelyn Chastang (University of Mobile) for her large mixed media piece “Millennial Pink,” Keryn Jaimes (University of South Alabama) for her photo montage “Body Painting Project with Friends,” and Chaia Sadler (Coastal Alabama Community College) for her charcoal drawing “Experienced Sculptor.” Third Place was awarded to Mrinal Joshi (Spring Hill College) for his painting “Lana Del Bae.” Second Place was awarded to Mitchell Dembowski (Spring Hill College) for his sculpture “Chaos Theory.” Finally, Best in Show was awarded to Joseph Booth (Bishop State Community College) for his sculpture “Paper Goddess.”

The selected artwork consisted of 3 pieces from Bishop State Community College, 10 from Coastal Alabama Community College, 6 from Spring Hill College, 3 from the University of Mobile, and 12 from the University of South Alabama.

The exhibition will hang in our galleries from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 27.

We  want to thank the Mobile Airport Authority for sponsoring this month’s exhibition series, as well as Hampton Inn & Suites, Ashland Gallery, and the Mobile Art Association for donating prizes for the “5” competition.

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