BHC artists win awards in 2023 Student Art Exhibition

9 people standing in front of ArtSpace Gallery
Art faculty members Terrance Gray and Annie Oldenburg, juror Terry Rathje, and BHC Student Art Exhibition winners Alan Hernandez-Valdez, Jae Corales, Zoe Petersen, Shakira’a Gbenyo, Grace Doucette and Mya Diabira with her Best in Show oil painting.

Six Black Hawk College students recently were honored for their artistic talent in the annual Student Art Exhibition.

The juried competition garnered a record-setting 72 entries with 29 pieces selected for the show by jurors Heidi Hernandez and Terry Rathje.

Mya Diabira of Bettendorf won Best in Show for her untitled oil painting.

The other winners are:

  • Second place – Grace Doucette of Coal Valley – “Sheep in the Fields” – acrylic paint, collage
  • Third place – Grace Doucette of Coal Valley – “Oasis” – charcoal
  • Honorable mentions –
    • Jae Corales of Colona – “URDUJA of PANGASINAN: The Indomitable Spirit” – digital art
    • Shakira’a Gbenyo of Milan – “Illusion of Calm” – charcoal
    • Alan Hernandez-Valdez of Moline – “Beneath the Surface” – carving foam and acrylic paint
    • Zoe Petersen of Atkinson – “Dissociate” – acrylic painting

View photos from the awards reception.

The exhibit is on display through Friday, May 12 in the ArtSpace Gallery on the first floor of Building 4 at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline.

For more information about exhibits in the ArtSpace Gallery, email or visit Black Hawk College Art and Design on Facebook.

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