Winners for the Miller Center Student Art Show were announced Nov. 17 on the first floor of the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center, with Isaiah Okongo taking first prize for his pen and ink drawing of the Granite Exchange Building in downtown St. Cloud.
The show made it’s return after a two-year hiatus and is sponsored by the St. Cloud State Library and the Art Student Union. A crowd was on hand to hear the awards judged by the Paramount Center for the Arts as Okongo earned top honors out of the 34 submissions.
“As a visually impaired artist, I have always been interested in capturing the world in a way that I could not see it through my drawings,” Okongo wrote in his artist statement. “In the summer of 2020, I decided to start drawing buildings in downtown St. Cloud as a way to experience the details of the historic building that I can’t see on my own.”
Okongo added that he continues to draw downtown scenes from places around Minnesota, including St. Cloud, Stillwater and the Twin Cities. He received a $100 purchase prize for finishing in first place, with the Miller Center purchasing “Granite Exchange Building”.
Art will be displayed in the Miller Center First Floor West until Jan. 13. Here are the other winners on Nov. 17.
- First place: Isaiah Okongo for “Granite Exchange Building”
- Second place: Jess Meichsner for “Bread Clip 2472”
- Third place: Jennifer Christoffersen for “Migration”
- Honorable Mention: Jennifer Christoffersen for “Exodus”
- Honorable Mention: Benjamin Bohdeh DeZelar for “Husky”
2022 Student Art Show Photo Gallery