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Student artist wins top honors with drawing of rapper Kid Cudi

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Juror Joanne Ivey has chosen 54 works by 29 Mercyhurst student artists for the annual Juried Student Art Show, now hanging in the Cummings Gallery at Mercyhurst University.The artists will be honored at a reception on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 9.

Sophomore Michael Wagner earned the first place Mercyhurst University Purchase Award for “Kid Cudi,” a pen-and-ink drawing of a rap artist from Cleveland. A graphic design major, Wagner used the rapper’s words, including his lyrics, songs and albums, to make up the picture.

Second and third place purchase awards went to sophomore visual communication major Jake Lowy for “Sight of the Wild” (photographs of animals taken at Cleveland’s Metroparks Zoo and in Florida wetlands) and to junior studio art major Kimberlyn Bloise for her ceramic work “Horsehair Raku Bowl #11.”

Ivey also chose three works for Juror Honorable Mention Awards: Kayleigh Ferguson, a sophomore music major, for “Symphony No 3,” mixed media; Megan Steele, a sophomore graphic design major, for “Skyline Collage,” mixed media; and Shelby Yukevich, a senior studio art major, for “Employees Only,” a photo that’s part of a series on beauty in decay.

Mercyhurst annually invites a prominent local artist to choose the works for this student show. Students are encouraged to enter works they have created at Mercyhurst University during the past two years in any medium. This year’s entries encompassed drawing, painting, photography, computer-generated works, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

“I really enjoyed this opportunity to view current student art work and I was impressed with the quality and the wide variety of media being used,” Ivey said.

For the last eight years Joanne Ivey has been the director of the Stonewall Gallery at the Campbell Pottery Store. She also acts as head merchandiser at Campbell Pottery Store and as a buyer, attending the Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia for the last several years.

Ivey received her B. A. in art history from Michigan State University in 1973 and an M.F.A. in painting from Edinboro University in 1988. She studied at the Vermont Studio School in Johnson, Vt., in 1987. In the 1980s and ‘90s Ivey exhibited her work extensively both locally and regionally. Her one-person show, "Paper Work," was shown at the Erie Art Museum Frame Shop in 1999.

“Papier maché sculpture has been my medium of choice for over 20 years and, while being a less than well respected art form, it has ceaselessly amazed me with its possibilities,” she says.

In the last decade Ivey’s works have been selected for the Erie Art Museum annual Juried Spring Show and included in the Friends of Mercyhurst annual exhibition.

Cummings Gallery is located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Mercyhurst University campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

For information, contact Cummings Gallery Director Heather Dana at hdana@, 824-2092.