The newly created Hayden Juried Purchase Prize in Painting was awarded for the first time at this year’s "An Evening of the Arts" on April 24th. Established through the CCBC Foundation, the Purchase Prize awards a $200 annual prize to one student for excellence in oil painting.

Selected from a total of 17 entries, a landscape oil painting by Joseph Guy St. Esprit, a fine arts major from Beaver, was chosen as this year’s prize winner.

“The motion of Joseph’s painting and the various layers he used make it wonderful,” said Betty Steege, a contest judge who is also a local artist and holds a PhD in art history.

Adam Fitz, a local artist who also served as a contest judge, agreed. “The painting is visually stimulating and this keeps your eyes on the painting.”

This year’s jury consisted of Brian Hayden, creator of the purchase prize award and Director of Institutional Research at CCBC, Betty Steege, and Adam Fitz.

Honorable mentions include Lisa Ross, a general studies major from Ambridge; Danielle King, a digital media design major from Beaver Falls; and Jaye Borowsky, a fine arts major from Aliquippa.

Joseph graduates in May with degrees in Visual Communications/ Digital Media Design and Fine Arts. His painting is now part of the College’s permanent collection and will be on display on campus.

The annual “An Evening of the Arts” showcases the best artwork from students enrolled in the fine arts program as well as visual communications programs, including digital media design and web design. Student work in animation, digital art and photography, interactive and 3D web design, drawing, painting, sculpture, and video is displayed and many artworks are available for sale.  Poetry readings, music, and yoga sessions highlight the evening.


Pictured from left to right: Brian Hayden, Betty Steege, Adam Fitz