William Smith of Champaign received the Curator's Choice Award and purchase, while Caitlin Sims of Urbana won the Governors State Gallery Award. The student winners were announced March 5 during an exhibit closing ceremony in the Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.
This annual juried exhibition celebrates the creative work of young artists. Works selected for this year's exhibit were completed between August 2013 and late January 2016. More than $1,500 in awards were presented at the reception.
Juror for the exhibition was Joshua Herrington, marketing manager for EXPO Chicago and director/founder of Gallerista Chicago.
[Images: African-American by William Smith, clay sculpture]