Winners of a third annual juried competition for art that represents the mission of the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) at Iowa State University were announced Apr. 20. The “Best in Show” award went to Sean Roper for his ceramic piece, “Metamorphosis.” Roper wins $750 and his piece becomes part of the permanent BEI art collection.
Iowa State undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Integrated Studio Arts or Integrated Visual Arts were eligible to enter. Jurors were JaneAnn Stout, a retired former associate dean in the College of Human Sciences; and Lou Cathcart, the owner of PostSprawl Design, an interior design company.
First place and $350 went to Celinda Stamy for “Oil and Rust,” while Kelsey Gill took second place and $250 with “Tangled Web of Life,” a mixed-media piece made of denim. Reed Counts and Blake Evans won third place and $150 with their entry entitled “Desk Hammock,” a recliner made out of reclaimed plywood and paper rolls.
Jacqueline Shanks, who holds the Manley R. Hoppe Professorship in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State, is a fan of the competition. Shanks, who has research labs on the fourth floor of the BRL, says, “The art makes the building environment beautiful and inspires. It gives us a lift. I don’t know why people thought that scientists and engineers want to work in ugly environments.”
Competition prizes are made possible through the support of Robert C. Brown, BEI director. The competition was founded by Jill Euken, BEI deputy director, and Ingrid Lilligren, an Iowa State professor and program director of the Integrated Studio Arts program in the College of Design. Also helping with this year’s competition was Chris Martin, an associate professor in Integrated Studio Arts.
All submitted artwork is on display for one year. Located in the BRL, the mission of the BEI is economic, environmental and social sustainability in advancing the development of biorenewable resources for the production of materials, fuels, energy, and chemicals.