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Five Art Students and Alumni Win Top Awards at Three Rivers Arts Festival

Five IUP art students and alumni took top honors at the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Wade Kramm ’97 B.F.A. won Best in Show with his sculpture String Chair, and Elizabeth Plakidas ’12 B.F.A. and Alison Terndrup ’12 B.F.A. won Juror’s Choice Award for Collaboration 4 at the Juried Visual Arts Exhibition.

M.F.A. major Bryce Hemington won the Emerging Artist Award, and M.F.A. major Danna Rzecznik won second place, both in the Artists Market.

Wade Kramm String Chair sculpture

Wade Kramm, String Chair

The Juried Visual Arts Exhibition showcases the Greater Pittsburgh region’s vibrant creative community. The festival received hundreds of entries across the spectrum of visual arts, from which the jury panel selected the 61 works on display by 46 artists.

Plakidas Terndrup Collaboration 4

Elizabeth Plakidas and Alison Terndrup, Collaboration 4

Jurors included Adam Welch ’07 M.F.A., curator, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Linda Benedict-Jones, curator of photography, Carnegie Museum of Art; Murray Horne, curator, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; and Michael Olijnyk, codirector, Mattress Factory.

The Artists Market features over 300 artists selling original, handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. It is ranked as one of the top 50 shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist magazine.

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