Spring 2023 Student Art Show winners announced

The winners of the Pueblo Community College Spring 2023 Student Art Show were announced Friday, May 5. Students submitted work in six categories – ceramics, drawing, figure drawing, jewelry and metalwork, painting and photography.

Additional recognition went to the best of show, juror’s choice and chair’s choice award recipients. The president’s purchase award – a piece selected by PCC President Patty Erjavec – will become part of the permanent collection at PCC. 

The exhibit is presented by the Fine Arts, Humanities & Media Communications Department.

Visit the virtual gallery anytime or see the exhibit in person through May 9 in the San Juan Gallery. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission is free.

The winners:


1st place – “Finish What You Started” by Emily McElwain
2nd place – “End Youth Violence” by Alex Solchenberger
3rd place – “No Coins, Just Change” by Triva De Anda
Honorable mention – “Addiction isn’t a ‘Me’ Problem, it’s a ‘We’ Problem,” by Dean Boud


1st place – “Native Adobe Casa” by Sara Balquin
2nd place – “Tree and Chipmunk” by Corinne Wilder
3rd place – “Hedgehog” by Lyndzee Figueroa
Honorable mention – “Feather to Crow Transformation” by Sara Balquin; “Dodogama” by Ryan Young; “The Twelve” by Alliya Mace 


1st place – “Shh, He’s Listening to System of a Down” by Makiyah Skyye Phillips
2nd place – “Hatchet in Stump” by Jake Iberg
3rd place – “The Toys” by Stephanie Boulet
Honorable mention – “Dust to Dust” by Dani Strubel; “Babygirl of the Year Award” by Makiyah Skyye Phillips; “Are You Thirsty?” by Nathan Gonzalez


1st place – “My Love” by Kristina Parr
2nd place – “Light and Darkness Collide” by Hyang (Sunshine) Archibeque 
3rd place – “Appendages Mehrere” by Elliot Montoya
Honorable mention – “Pastel Beauties” by Elliot Montoya; “Antiquity” by Heather Fox


1st place – “Cross my Heart” pendant by Garrett Buckholz
2nd place – “Ludo” by Tabitha Hunt
3rd place – “Untitled (Turquoise Ring)” by Jason Ford
Honorable mention – “Ring (Copper)” by Megan Miller; “Semicolons; because my story isn’t over yet; suicide awareness” by Joshua Davis; “Socorro’s Flower” by Socorro Torres-Lechuga


1st place – “Poet’s Dream” by Emma Harry 
2nd place – “Vaguely Familiar” by Savannah Sandoval
3rd place – “Average Loathe Fan” by Makiyah Skyye Phillips
Honorable mention – “Floating Calmness” by Victoria Cotrell; “Eyes Without a Face” by Savannah Sandoval


1st place – “Caught in Flight” by Kristina Parr
2nd place – “Rainbow” by Vaughan Durham
3rd place – “Goals Accomplished” by Michelle Perez
Honorable mention – “Redwood Tree” by CJ Dunn; “Veggies and Bubbly Bliss” by Christie Avila; “Rustic Joy” by Joanna Guadron

Juror’s Choice – “drips” by Jerrod Evans

Chair’s Choice – “A Victorian Bad Luck” by Akshar Vekaria

President’s Purchase Award – “Self Portrait” by Lauren O’Mara 

Best of Show – “Self Portrait” by Lauren O’Mara 

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