BHC artists win awards in 2024 Student Art Exhibition

9 people standing in front of ArtSpace Gallery
From left to right – Art faculty members Terrance Gray and Annie Oldenberg, juror Steve Banks, and student winners Danie Pement, Zoe Godfroy, Lexi Gordon, Topacio Martinez, Ethan Jackson and Tarah Smith

Six Black Hawk College students recently were honored for their artistic talent in the annual Student Art Exhibition at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The juried competition garnered 65 entries with 25 pieces selected for the show by juror Steve Banks.

Tarah Smith of Pleasant Valley, IA, won Best in Show for “Self Portrait,” a gouache painting.

The other winners are:

  • 2nd –
    • Ethan Jackson of Davenport, IA – “Reflections” – charcoal
  • 3rd –
    • Topacio Martinez of Rock Island – “Self Portrait” – charcoal
    • Lexi Gordon of Geneseo – “Laying in the Flower Garden” – cardboard and hot glue
  • Honorable mentions –
    • Topacio Martinez – “Sardine Can” – cardboard relief
    • Zoe Godfroy of Rock Island – “‘Dreamer’ Zine” – watercolor and ink on mixed media paper
    • Danie Pement of East Moline – “Into the Woods” – mixed media
    • Danie Pement – “Caged Ruins” – mixed media

View photos from the awards reception.

2 people with backs to camera looking at painting in ArtSpace Gallery
Tarah Smith discusses her Best in Show painting, Self Portrait, with art professor emerita Zaiga Thorson

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

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