Winners named in ‘Equality Matters’ art exhibit at William Woods

Best of Show- Gender Chess
Best of Show- Gender Chess

Winners have been named in the “Equality Matters” art exhibit at William Woods University. They are:

  • Best of Show—“Gender Chess” by Larry Burditt of Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • 1st Place—“Skin Deep #14” by Sara Risley of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2nd Place—“Sample Population” by Laura Andrews/Dom Venzant of Century College, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
  • 3rd Place—“The Beach” by Lizzy Martinez of St. Louis, Missouri

    1st place - Skin Deep#14
    1st place – Skin Deep#14

About 55 pieces of art exploring issues of gender and race are on display through April 3 in the Mildred Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts.

The exhibition opened during WWU’s “Equality Matters – Conversations on Gender and Race” Symposium. Artists were invited to submit art that explored their understanding on how issues of gender and race influence contemporary culture.

2nd Place - Sample Population
2nd Place – Sample Population

The symposium had two purposes: to explore how sexism and racism work together to hinder the American dream of equality and to engage the campus community, especially the students, in a robust intellectual conversation.

The exhibition jurors, Dion Dion, Kenny Greene and Sharon Kilfoyle, will select first, second and third place awards.

Dion is a multi-media, nationally recognized and award-winning artist. She has worked with a variety of non-profit arts organizations over 30 years. As a professional arts administrator and consultant, she has served as juror, curator, director and awards judge.

3rd Place - The Beach
3rd Place – The Beach

Kilfoyle is a designer and fiber artist specializing in shibori dyeing and nuno felting, teaching in her studio near Ashland, Missouri, and annually in the summer fashion program at the Paris American Academy in Paris, France.

Green, owner of Monarch Jewelry in Columbia, Missouri, is president of the North Village Art District Board of Directors and serves on the boards of several other art organizations. He is a studio artist and adjunct professor of art at Columbia College.