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Havens wins Best of Show; students take advantage of Figge opportunities

The winning work in Monmouth College's juried student art exhibit, a mixed media work by senior Bree Havens.
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Bree Havens, a Monmouth College senior from Prairie City, was awarded Best of Show for the current juried student art exhibit on display in the college’s Everett Gallery in Hewes Library.
Havens said the untitled mixed media work was created mostly with “ink and gesso, permanent marker and chalk pastels.”
“I began working non-objectively in my Drawing 2 class, and I decided to try to incorporate the non-objective work into my still lifes,” she said. “In turn, I got an abstract look. I like the idea of playing with the negative space in my work, as well as playing with the push and pull from the background to the object. I think a lot about design and repetition while I am working; my work is not about the object, it is about the process.”
Other award winners included: Kyle Orwig, a junior from Havana, Waltershausen Sculpture Award; Dan Carlson, a senior from Lake in the Hills, painting award; Bailey Roberts, a sophomore from Sheffield, drawing award; and George Burnette, a senior from Washington, sculpture award.
In other art department news, five Monmouth students currently have works displayed at The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, as part of its annual College Invitational exhibition. Those students include Havens, Carlson, seniors Courtny Beam of Aledo and Michelle Diedrich of De Pere, Wis., and junior Drew Lipinski of Lemont. In all, nine area colleges and universities are represented in the exhibit, which is on display through Feb. 9 in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery.
The Figge Art Museum also hosted several Monmouth College students in November as part of a writing exercise organized by David Wright, assistant professor of English. He asked his students to spend 45 minutes with a single work, then write about their chosen work for class.
“I found it to be a lovely small museum with a nice permanent collection and a very interesting visiting exhibit on WPA work from the 1930s,” said Wright, who joined Monmouth’s faculty earlier this year.