February 22, 2017
Seventeen artists receive awards in student-run show
By Karen Sandstrom
Cleveland Institute of Art students took home more than $8,500 in awards and prizes, as the 71st Student Independent Exhibition opened Feb. 17 with a bustling gallery and ceremony honoring the best work of the show.
Seventeen artists received awards for their work in the exhibition, an all student-run show that this year featured 74 works of art. This year’s SIE committee was led by Bianca Breed, Zachary James, Noelle Richard and James Waite.
Sage Byham, a sophomore majoring in Sculpture + Expanded Media, won the top award, the Board of Trustees Grand Purchase Prize, for “Perception.” This two-piece work, which also received the Sculpture Center Award, will be purchased for the CIA Study Collection. Byham said he has been working on it since his first year at CIA.
“One is an image, holding the beauty of virtual potential in our minds to create anything. The other, a sculpture that actualizes the unrecognized potential of these materials to function for a purpose,” said Byham, of Townhill, Pa. “Together they symbolize the infinite potential of the human mind to cognize reality into one we have intended. If you experience the world as a reality that is cruel, unfair, hopeless, or distasteful in some way, know that you have the power to change your individual perception and can learn to recognize that potential life holds.”
Junior Photography + Video major Dagen Shellenberger also had a notable night, walking away with a CIA Board of Trustees honorable mention and Prizm Sponsorship Award for his photograph “The Stage,” and the Nunes Family Prize for “I Don’t Care About Your Opinion.”
Here’s a list of all the winners:
Cleveland Institute of Art Board of Trustees Awards
Board Grand Purchase Prize
Board 2nd Prize
Board 3rd Prize
Board Honorable Mentions
“Perfume Vial Talisman”
David and Ann Deming Award
Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer Award for Outstanding Craft
“Perfume Vial Talisman”
The Nunes Family Prize
“I Don’t Care About Your Opinion”
Prizm–The Artist’s Supply Store Awards
“Baltic Transfer series”
“Dur da dur”
Cris Rom and Alan Rocke Award for Excellence in Craft
The Sculpture Center Award
Karen Skunta & Company Design Excellence Award
Sue Wall Painting Award
Almut and Gary Zvosec Award
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