Winners Announced in Inaugural Cornerstone Call For Art

Award winners have been announced for the inaugural call for artwork for The Cornerstone digital media wall. School of Art and Visual Studies faculty Chad Eby and student Maddie Mattheu were among the winners and will have their art showcased on the new wall on north campus.

By Ryan Girves, UKNow, with additions from CFA

Sixty-four individual artists from across the Commonwealth and beyond submitted more than 70 pieces of artwork. 

The jury of UK faculty, staff and community members included CFA representation by assistant dean Belinda Rubio and Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Yoon Bae.

The inaugural call focused on two themes: Black Lives in the Bluegrass and Kentucky Confronting COVID-19. Applicants were judged by a jury of UK faculty, staff and community members, which included Sandra Charles, an artist from Louisville, Kentucky; Paul Brown, critic and curator; Yoon Bae, assistant professor of scenic design in the College of Fine Arts Department of Theatre and Dance; and Belinda Rubio, assistant dean in the College of Fine Arts and acting director of the Singletary Center for the Arts. 

digital board on buildingGenerously funded by a grant from Coca-Cola, 10 cash awards of $1,000 each have been awarded for artistic excellence (five in each open call series) in the following categories:

  • UK Student Award
  • UK Faculty & Staff Award
  • Kentucky Community Award (eligibility limited to non-UK students, faculty and staff)
  • Equity & Inclusion Award (eligibility limited to persons of color)
  • People’s Choice Award (online voting mechanism to select winner)

Below are the winners in each of the categories. 

Black Lives in the Bluegrass:

  • Amber Thieneman (Community Award Winner)
  • Soreyda Begley (Equity and Inclusion Award Winner)
  • Lucy O'Neill (Student Award Winner)
  • Jackson Dunavant (Staff/Faculty Award Winner)
  • William Roberts (People’s Choice Award Winner)

Kentucky Confronting COVID-19:

  • Malcolm Wilson (Community Award Winner)
  • Jingshuo Yang (Equity and Inclusion Award Winner)
  • Maddie Mattheu (Student Award Winner)
  • Chad Eby (Staff/Faculty Award Winner)
  • Samantha Minrath (People’s Choice Award Winner)

All 31 jury-selected finalists will have their images displayed on the exterior digital media wall wrapping the corner of South Limestone and Winslow Street from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays, April 20 through May 31.

To learn more about the call for art, click here. To stay up to date on future digital art shows and competitions hosted at The Cornerstone and on the digital media wall, visit The Cornerstone’s homepage

Story originally posted in UKNow April 27, 2021