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John Tyler Community College Foundation Announces Art Award Winner

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Released on February 26, 2018

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – From a young age, Tallie Frost knew she was an artist. It’s how she saw herself. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a cartoonist, but over time, her goals shifted. She joined the military and spent six years serving in the Army National Guard, but her desire to express herself creatively never vanished. When the time came to re-enlist, Frost, a Memphis, Tenn. native now living in Chesterfield, chose to transition out of the military. With the encouragement of those around her, she also decided to pursue her lifelong interest of in art. “It was a combination of my father and husband who steered me back on the path to learning to become an artist,” she said. “I can never thank them enough for that.” Frost’s journey brought her to John Tyler Community College, where she enrolled in the Visual Arts program. And, while her classes differ and the mediums change, Frost says one thing remains constant: her source of inspiration, her child, Arianna. It is Arianna who takes center stage in Frost’s artwork, “Innocence,” which was recently named as the 2018 John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award. The charcoal drawing was created from a photograph as part of a class project. “Winning the Foundation Art Award has been surreal,” said Frost. “Words cannot express my gratitude. The thing that has been the most rewarding, though, is the reactions from the community. It's thanks to my family at John Tyler and at home that this piece was even made.” 

Frost is currently interning at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is just months away from graduating with her associate degree. She says she is glad she began her journey at Tyler. “Thanks to the amazing staff at John Tyler and my peers, I have a strong foundation as a student and a professional artist,” she said. After graduating, she plans to continue her education at a four-year college or university. And, while she went back to school with the goal of being an art teacher, Frost says she believes she can fulfill her childhood dream of becoming an animator.

The John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award, which originated in 1995, showcases the artistic abilities of John Tyler’s students. Finalists were chosen by the Foundation Art Award Selection Committee, made up of Foundation Board members and college faculty and staff, including David Ledbetter (chair), Frank Ernesto, Chuck Hope, Cris Silvent, and Paula Winn. Members of the Foundation Board of Directors then select the winning entry from among the finalists. An image of the winning artwork is converted into a poster and into cards that are used by the Foundation and the college. The winner receives a financial award, a framed and matted copy of the poster, and additional posters for his or her portfolio.

In addition to Frost (23234), the following students created artwork that were finalists for the 2018 John Tyler Community College Foundation Art Award (zip codes follow each name): Ryan Bayne (23220); Janet Burgos (23832); Joshua Cloninger (23139); Jack Goolsby (23114); Richard V. Heinzer (23831); Margaret Robinson (23838); and Robert Wynne (23236).

The JTCC Foundation secures resources that provide scholarships for students; fund academic programs, student support services, capital projects, and renovations to modernize classrooms and labs; and stimulate innovation within the college faculty and staff. This work ensures the College continues its pledge of providing academic excellence to students while expanding the services it offers to meet the community’s workforce requirements. Since most of the College’s graduates live and work in the area, gifts to the Foundation are an investment in both students and also the community.    

John Tyler Community College offers more than 60 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, a Nursing Education Center, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 13,900 students during the 2016-17 academic year. It also assisted nearly 6,000 learners and more than 200 companies and organizations through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance. 

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