College to Present Fourth McDonald Biennial Art Exhibition

March 8, 2017
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Student Art Competition Features $1,000 Top Prize

The fourth and final McDonald Biennial Exhibition featuring works by Wilmington College art students will run from March 22 through April 22.

A reception honoring the artists and the announcement of awards will be held opening night from 6 to 8 p.m. Normal gallery hours are weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by special appointment arranged by gallery director Hal Shunk, professor of art.

Two Wilmington College alumni established the Biennial in 2011 as a means for sharing their love of art. William McDonald, class of ’66, and Janet Jefferis McDonald ’67 are again this year sponsoring the painting and printmaking exhibit and competition to motivate WC students to look at potential careers as working artists.

“We want to encourage Wilmington students to consider careers as painters and printmakers,” William McDonald said.

“With this in mind, we tried to choose a project that might encourage the painting and printmaking student to: (1) work a bit harder in studio courses, (2) embrace public exposure and evaluation of his or her works, and (3) build the strongest portfolio possible.”

The winner for The Biennial’s Best in Show will receive a $1,000 award and engraved trophy representing The Janet and William McDonald Prize in Painting and Printmaking. Additional artists also will receive prize money and awards.

The jury of judges includes Shunk, as well as Mikaela Lamarche, curator, ACA Galleries, New York City; and Lynne Ambrosini, chief curator, Cincinnati Taft Museum of Art.

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