SMC Artists Claim Awards at College Show

SMC Has Strong Showing at Collegiate Art Show

SMC Artists Erika Mendez Cortes, Taylor Wade, Shelby Allisun Lopez, and Kris Neely at the Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition.

SMC artists put on a strong showing at the 11th Annual Collegiate Invitation Art Show Exhibition, with two students earning awards for their work.

Judges recognized SMC students Erika Mendez Cortes, a freshman pursuing an Associate in Fine Arts, and Taylor Wade, a freshman pursuing an Associate in Arts, for their works at the annual show at the Spartanburg County Library’s downtown headquarters. Other participants from SMC included students Eva Nix, a junior pursuing Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and history; Shelby Allisun Lopez, a senior studying for a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and entrepreneurship; and Madilyn Whitley a freshman pursuing her Associate in Arts; and faculty members Josh Holt and Kris Neely.

Mendez Cortes received the Librarian’s Award, and Wade received an Honorable Mention award.

“It’s an honor to participate in the Collegiate Invitation, and so rewarding to see our entrants receive such a positive response to their work,” said Josh Holt, director of arts enrichment at Spartanburg Methodist College. “SMC has such a strong arts program, and it’s always gratifying to share that with the community.”

The annual art show features works from eight other area colleges displayed in the library’s at&t Exhibition Lobby. The exhibition allows six student and two faculty submissions from each school.

SMC artists Josh Holt, Eva Nix, Ashley Payton, Taylor Wade, Shelby Allisun Lopez, and Kris Neely at the Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition.

“I’m so proud of all our artists for putting on such a great showing alongside some of the larger schools in our area,” said Kris Neely, SMC art professor. “The gallery director said this was SMC’s strongest group of submissions yet, and we’re excited to return next year.””

The exhibition will remain on display at the library through May 10.

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