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3-D Sculpture Wins 2013 John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award

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Released on January 31, 2013

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – For the first time in the history of the John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award contest, a three-dimensional sculpture has taken the top prize. Alexander Huneke created the winning entry, After Picasso, “Woman with Pears” (sans Pears), during his Fundamentals of Design II class. Made of cardboard and acrylic, the sculpture features sharp angles and lines and makes a dramatic statement. “The goal was to take a Cubist painting and interpret it as a 3-D sculpture – to make the two-dimensional three-dimensional,” says Huneke, who is pursuing an associate degree in Tyler’s Visual Arts Program. This was Huneke’s first venture into three-dimensional work, and although it was very successful, he says his passion is oil painting.  Over the years, Huneke has received numerous recognitions for his talent, including the 2004 High School Arts Award presented by the Greater Reston Arts Center and a scholarship awarded by the League of Reston Artists. Both were received when Huneke was a senior in high school.

“The Foundation is awed by this year’s winning work by Alexander Huneke.  Alex’s ability to transform a two-dimensional Cubist painting into a three-dimensional, cardboard sculpture shows his strength of interpretation and his versatility as an artist.  After Picasso, “Woman with Pears” (sans Pears) speaks to Alex’s ‘wow’ factor as a gifted artist, and his work will translate beautifully into poster form for many to enjoy.  The John Tyler Community College art program, under the leadership of Colin Ferguson, is known and applauded for its refined and sophisticated curriculum.  The Foundation’s poster competition is one way the Foundation helps showcase the marvelous faculty and student talent at John Tyler,” says Beverley Dew, executive director of the John Tyler Community College Foundation.

The John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award was first started in 1995 to showcase the artistic abilities of John Tyler’s students while providing donors with a unique gift from the College. Once the winning entry is chosen, an image of it is converted into a poster. The poster is used extensively in friends-raising and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Foundation and the College. The award winner receives $100, a framed and matted copy of the poster, as well as additional posters for portfolios.

The following students were finalists for the 2013 Foundation Art Award (zip codes follow each name):  Huneke (23221); Robert I. Miller, Jr. (23832); Grace YooMi Kim (23112); John Mallon (23114); Kyle Minugh (23113); Joann Pizzuto Mosman (23113); John Daniel Price (23834); Margaret Robinson (23838); Kimberly Ann Rose (23234); Elliott C. Smith (23112); and Terry Lynn Smith (23834).

The John Tyler Community College Foundation relies on the generosity of the community to continue its work in securing the future of the College, its students, its faculty and its staff.  Since most of the College’s graduates live and work in the area, gifts to the Foundation are an investment in the future of the community.  Through donations, grants and endowments, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships for students, to fund academic programs and capital projects, to renovate and modernize classrooms and labs, and to encourage the professional development of John Tyler Community College’s faculty and staff.  This work ensures the College continues its pledge of providing academic excellence while expanding the services it offers to fulfill escalating workforce requirements.    

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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