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Crisp-Ellert Art Museum hosts the inaugural juried student show

Sep 3, 2008
by Liz Daube, '05

Nearly 300 students compete to have their works exhibited

The new Crisp-Ellert Art Museum hosted Flagler’s first juried student art show this spring, giving students from all majors a chance to show off their talent, have their work judged by professionals and – in a few cases – make some money.

Nearly 300 students submitted artwork created in a variety of media, from sculpture to paintings to looping film displays. “It was one of the best shows we’ve had so far,” said Sarah Kelly, director of the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. “Their work was of the highest caliber and really showed some great inventiveness and creativity.”

First place and $100 went to Sierra Strasburger for her oil painting, “Il Futuro.” Addie Hassel won second place for an intricate wire piece entitled “Grandma’s Lace,” and Kaitlyn Thompson took third place for her graphic design entry, “Billy’s (Mid-life) Crisis.”

None of the artwork on display was priced, but Kelly said she put several interested buyers in touch with the student artists. Several pieces sold.

The museum on Sevilla Street opened in December. Artist and author Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert and her husband, Robert Ellert, donated the historic property and art collection to the college.

Kelly said she’s planning a variety of public events at the museum. A faculty show is scheduled for this fall, and nationally and internationally acclaimed visiting artists will exhibit their work, lecture and work on projects with students during the next year.

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