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Three Western art students receive Purchase Awards for their Spring semester works

May 14, 2016

WWCC student Katelyn
WWCC student Katelynn Beckerman, of Green River, signs her artwork, "After Homer."

For any art student, the opportunity to exhibit original works is an integral and rewarding component of the artistic process. The thrill of exhibiting one’s work for public audiences is compounded by the excitement of receiving a Purchase Award for Western’s permanent collection.     

Student Ashley Miller, of Afton, Wyo., received Purchase Awards from Western President Karla Leach, for her beautiful elk sculpture, which she created in her 3D: Design class, and from Vice President for Student Learning Kim Farley, who selected Miller’s pastel and watercolor drawing “Water,” which she created in her Drawing II class.   

Vice President for Administrative Services Sheldon Flom selected the two-pat motif painting “After Homer,” by Green River resident Katelynn Beckerman from her 2D Design: Color class. The piece was inspired by the work of 19th-century American landscape painter and printmaker Winslow Homer and infused with themes personal to Beckerman, while based on Homer’s motif. Dean of Faculty Cliff Wittstruck chose a vessel form that was built and wood-fired by Kaylee Tuttle, of Rock Springs.

VIDEO: Learn more about the artists behind this year’s Purchase Awards.

These and other student works are on exhibit in “Transitions,” the Art students’ end-of-semester Spring show. All works in the show are displayed without attribution, and the Purchase Award selections were made by the administrators without knowing who the artists were. The works selected for Purchase Awards will become part of Western’s permanent art collection.   

“Transitions” is on exhibit until Aug. 16 in the WWCC Art Gallery at the Rock Springs campus. For more information, contact WWCC Gallery Director and Professor of Art Florence McEwin, Ph.D., at

For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181