AN EVENING OF THE ARTS CELEBRATES STUDENT CREATIVITY AT CCBC

Three student artists receive painting prizes
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Monaca, PA – From animation and photography to painting, sculpture, and poetry, Community College of Beaver County’s (CCBC) annual “Evening of the Arts” highlights the best in student art and creativity.

This year’s show took place on Thursday, April 19 in the Student Services Center and featured the best art and design work from students enrolled in the College’s Fine Arts and Visual Communications programs.

Student work is displayed and presented in a variety of formats including painting, drawing, 2-D and 3-D design, animation, photography, videography, poetry, and music.

For the fourth consecutive year, the CCBC Foundation awarded the Hayden Prize in Painting to three outstanding student artists.

This year’s show took place on Thursday, April 19 in the Student Services Center and featured the best art and design work from students enrolled in the College’s Fine Arts and Visual Communications programs.

Student work is displayed and presented in a variety of formats including painting, drawing, 2-D and 3-D design, animation, photography, videography, poetry, and music.

For the fourth consecutive year, the CCBC Foundation awarded the Hayden Prize in Painting to three outstanding student artists. 

  • Sade Fynn of Aliquippa received the $200 first place prize for her oil painting “Vibrant Seclusion.”
  • Kristin DiMaria’s piece, “Sweet Tooth” took second place. DiMaria, who is a resident of Beaver Falls, received $100.
  • The $50 third place prize went to Anna Micija of Conway for her work entitled “Sunset Edge.”

This year’s panel of judges included CCBC Professor of Fine Arts Marie Leone, CCBC Graphics Specialist Emily Martin, and CCBC Scholar Alyssa Miles. 

Created and funded by Brian Hayden, former CCBC administrator and current CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, the Hayden Prize in Painting was established in 2014 through the CCBC Foundation and recognizes one top student annually for excellence in oil painting.

In 2017, Frederick Retsch, CCBC Trustee and Foundation Board member, began providing an additional gift to offer second and third place prizes and to recognize more outstanding student artists for their work.

“I cannot thank Mr. Hayden and Mr. Retsch enough for their consistent generosity and support,” said Professor Leone. “Having their work judged, recognized and rewarded builds professionalism, confidence and an entrepreneurial spirit in each student as they prepare for future careers in the arts.”

Students enrolled in painting classes at CCBC may submit artwork in any genre they choose. The selected paintings become part of the College’s permanent art collection and displayed throughout campus.

The art show will remain open to the campus and the community public through Commencement on May 3 with many pieces available for purchase.

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CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.

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Students Sade Fynn, Kristin DiMaria, and Anna Micija received the 2018 Hayden Prize in Painting at CCBC’s “Evening of the Arts."