February 28, 2008

Cheers for chairs at Student Art Show

Livia Moe, on her Hair Chair, and Marjorie Darrow, with her painting Chair Number 8, were two of the winners in this year's Student Art Show. Livia Moe, on her Hair Chair, and Marjorie Darrow, with her painting Chair Number 8, were two of the winners in this year's Student Art Show.

Chairs turned out to be the winning theme for two pieces at Sacramento State’s annual Student Awards Show. The exhibition of work by University art students was judged by three local high school art instructors, and the winners were announced Feb. 22.

In the graduate student division, Livia Moe won the first-place certificate award in artistic achievement for Hair Chair, a recliner she found and embellished with synthetic hair. Marjorie Darrow won the first place certificate in the undergrad division for her painting, Chair Number 8.

Moe found her inspiration in a midtown alley where someone had ditched the chair. After wondering a couple days how best to accentuate the wear on the recliner, Moe came up with an answer. “Hair was the first thing that came to mind because it speaks of a human composition.”

An art major, Moe also enjoys painting, photography and sculpture, and produced a short documentary on collectors of the Crosley automobile, the mini-car that ceased production in 1952.

Darrow’s inspiration came from a chair an artist built from a large cedar root. “I wanted to convey the parts I liked about it,” Darrow says. The painting represents the movement of the large root as well as the cradling of the smaller parts, she says.

After graduation, Darrow would like to continue to paint and show her works and is considering pursuing a master’s degree.

Judges for the show were Annie Robinson, Sacramento High School; Jeffrey Carter, Folsom High School; and Allison Stiles, Mira Loma High School.

Other winners are:

Graduate students
Certificate Awards:
Second place: Manuel Rios, for American Pride
Third place: Kyle Larson, for Untitled 3

Increase Robinson Memorial Fellowships (alphabetical order):
George Ettenheim, for Leaf
Kyle Larson, for Untitled 3
Livia Moe, for Hair Chair
Manuel Rios, for For What It’s Worth
Sally Worthing, for Water Light

Undergrad Students
Certificate Awards:
Second place: David Johnson, for Untitled 1
Third place: Eli Trujillo, for Black and Blue Collared

Frederick M. Peyser prize:
Matt Cutshall, for Untitled 2

Raymond and Joyce Witt Scholarship:
First Award: Pam Dempsey, for Fall Song
Second Award: Jennifer Darr, for Our Lord and Thumb
Third Award: Wilson Lin, for Self-Portrait 3

University Art Product Award (sponsored by University Art on Marconi Avenue): Four $150 gift certificates. Students,
listed in alphabetical order:
Christopher Blackwood, for Almost Human
Erika Harm, for With Backs to the Wall
Steven J. Miller, for A Lion is in the Streets
Megan Scott, for Untitled 2

For more information about the University’s Art department, call (916) 278-6166 or visit www.csus.edu/art. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.