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Bingham takes 'Best of Show' at juried art exhibit at MC

Barry McNamara
Jessica Bingham, a post-baccalaureate student from Lynn Center, poses with her winning work.
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Jessica Bingham, a post-baccalaureate student from Lynn Center, was awarded Best of Show at Monmouth College’s annual Student Art Exhibition and Competition.
Bingham’s large acrylic on canvas work earned the top honor from this year’s juror, Carla Markwart, who co-owns Galesburg’s Foley Photo Studio with her husband, Tom Foley.
“It doesn’t really represent anything,” explained Bingham of her winning entry. ‘For me, it’s more about the process of creating, and how it makes me feel to make it. My art takes me out of what is happening around me.”
After completing her post-baccalaureate fellowship, Bingham plans to continue her art studies at graduate school, with the “No. 1 goal” of being a “living artist.”
“I wanted to do the post-baccalaureate program so that I can be a positive influence to younger art students while building my portfolio for graduate school,” added Bingham, whose art has been accepted for a pair of upcoming exhibitions in the Quad Cities. “I want to keep building my résumé and get as many people as possible to see my work.”
The competition’s other main prize, the Waltershausen Sculpture Award, went to Jordan Knapp, a senior from Avon.
Other first-place honors went to seniors Nina Marini of Peru (design) and Connor Shields of Naperville (sculpture). Juniors earning top honors included Rebecca Hanna of Roscoe (drawing), Breana Havens of Prairie City (painting) and Brianna Schimanski of Galesburg (ceramics).
George Burnette, a junior from Washington, received honorable mention for two of his entries. Other honorable mentions were given to seniors Parker Woodall of Woodstock, sophomore Andrew Lipinski of Western Springs and Anita Herrera of Monmouth.
The student exhibit will be on display through Dec. 7 in the college’s Len G. Everett Gallery, located in Hewes Library.