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UNT announces art winners

University of North Texas staff members recently participated in “On My Own Time, an annual, regional art competition featuring the artistic talents of people who work for companies, nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout North Texas.

The staff who participated in the contest were narrowed into an exhibition at UNT on the Square in downtown Denton. Works that have been awarded a first prize and best of show in each category are selected to move on to the regional exhibit, where the best artworks from all of the companies involved are exhibited together at NorthPark Center during September.

Best in Show winner

Keith Chapman won the Best in Show Award with his assemblage sculpture bicycle, The Pepperbox Special

The remaining winners are:

Black and white photography

Amateur category: Nancy Stockdale, The Nest Revisited

Professional category: Alyssa Hedenstrom, Bliss

Color photography

Amateur category: Jessica Phillips, Desolation

Works on canvas

Amateur category: Alexia Thorpe, Carlos Van Halen

Ceramics and wood

Professional category: Laura Nance Lubos, Dala Horse Cookie Jar

Enhanced photography

Amateur category: Brian Richman, Dreaming

Jewelry and metal

Amateur category: Sharon Huang, Chinese Knot Necklace

Professional category: Anne Jones, Float

Mixed media

Amateur category: Keith Chapman, Binding Charm

Works on paper

Amateur category: Louis Smith III, The Hand that Feeds

Professional category: Sam Ivie, John


Amateur category: Keith Chapman, The Pepperbox Special

Professional category: Rene Muhl, On the Edge

Textile and fiber art

Amateur category: Chris Campbell, Pineapple Parasol

Video, film and animation

Amateur category: Alexia Thorpe and Sallie Bowen, Girl with Dog

Professional category: Benjamin Elio, So Fast

Honorable mentions

Black and white photography: Brian Richman, Pirates

Color photography: Jessica Phillips, The Life Aquatic

Works on canvas: Kenneth Nicholson, Formal Concerns; Meredith Buie, 61 and 53; Timothy King, Nancy Sleeping; Mary-Kate Solomon, Jelly Tears; and Kirk Lowe, Stevie Ray

Jewelry and metal: Kendra Donahue, Snow on the Moon and Marble Mountainscape (two awards)

Mixed media: Lisa Maxwell Brown, Where has my mind gone?; and Kenneth Nicholson, If it was good enough for us, then it is good enough for you

Works on paper: Louis Smith III, Silent Veil; Kevin Shane Thompson, Not the Somebody I Thought You Were; Molly Pitcher, Primordial Buffet; Dianne Jansing, Valentina; Perry Hamilton, New Growth; and Laura Drapac, In Droves

Textile and fiber art: Chris Campbell, Blue and Grey Blanket; Doris Britt, Sunburst; and Hannah Tarver, Ring Around the Rosy


GDAC calls for entries

The Greater Denton Arts Council has announced a call for entries for the 28th annual “Materials: Hard & Soft.” The annual contemporary American craft competition will accept entries through Sept. 5. The exhibit opens next February.

The juror who will select the exhibit is Ana M. Lopez.

A prospectus and submission instructions are available at

— Staff reports

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