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Cole wins 'Best of Show' at student art exhibit

Barry McNamara
Alyse Cole, a senior from Washington, Ill., poses with her winning work, which she created by painting with heated wax.
Alyse Cole, a senior from Washington, Ill., was awarded Best in Show at Monmouth College’s annual Student Art Exhibition and Competition.

Cole’s untitled work was mostly inspired from the work she created for the SOFIA (Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activity) program this summer.

“The medium is called encaustics,” explained Cole. ‘It’s basically wax that, when heated, I am able to quickly paint with. When working with encaustics, I can create many layers that build up to create the thickness and depth in the piece.”

The competition’s other main prize, the Waltershausen Sculpture Award, went to senior Suzanne Barber of Wyoming for her work “Memory.”

Other first-place honors were won by seniors Jessica Cagwin of Monmouth for ceramics, Pat Messenger of Galesburg for design and Brennan Probst of Wilmette for drawing. Also winning were juniors Katheryn Schemerhorn of Bloomington for painting, Connor Shields of Naperville for sculpture and Chloe Rampe of Fort Madison, Iowa, for photography

Nathan Cox, associate professor of art at Anderson University, served as juror. He also served as a visiting artist on campus.

The student exhibit will be on display through Dec. 7 in the college’s Len G. Everett Gallery, located in Hewes Library.