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The Art Department Faculty Award is presented to an outstanding senior art major. The art department faculty has presented this award for more than 20 years. This year’s recipient is Molly Masterson.

Molly is an Honors student and a double major in art and archaeology and Spanish, with a concentration in archaeology. She is interested in classical archaeology with a specific focus upon how local customs intertwined with the traditions of Rome in the provinces of the Roman Empire. Molly spent a semester studying abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla in southern Spain where she was able to combine her love of archaeology and Spanish culture. She plans to study Greek and Latin in an intensive post-baccalaureate program before going on to graduate school for her Ph.D.

The Mary Ellen Randoph Prize, named in memory of Associate Professor Emerita Mary Ellen Randolph, is awarded to an art major that demonstrates equal proficiency in and enthusiasm for art history and the studio arts. Professor Randolph retired in 1989 after 29 years of service to the College. She continued to participate in the life of the Hood community until her death in October 2005. Because she taught both studio art and art history, the award recognizes students who have demonstrated talent in both fields. Samantha Frizzell is this year’s prize winner.

Samantha first showed her artwork at The Great Frederick Fair, The National Gallery of Art, and The House of Representatives, while still in high school. Samantha focuses her concepts through graphite, colored pencils and markers, creating a cinema-like experience of a post-apocalyptic future. Samantha employs highly detailed portraits and complex panoramas to spin tales of misguided technology and the downward spiral of society fighting to keep primal desires at bay.

The Anna Louise Remsen Prize In Art is awarded to that member of the junior or senior class who maintains a high standard of work in fine and applied art. This prize was established in 1948 as a memorial to Anna Louise Remsen, Class of 1933, and was endowed by Anna’s sister, Mrs. Edwin Richardson; her stepmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Remsen; and her friend, Ms. Hildegarde Liebich. The prize winner is John Braun.

John is an art and archaeology major with a concentration in studio art and a focus in drawing. John was the recipient of the Suzanne Gottert award in 2016 and continues to hold his work to a very high standard of craftsmanship. John’s work migrates from pen and ink, graphite, collage, paper sculptures, and into miniature models; on occasion these media will overlap. Outside of the classroom he has participated in multiple group shows and his work has been featured in local publications.

The Art Department Alumnae Award is presented to an outstanding junior or senior art major, recognizing interest in the scholarship of art. The award recipients are Shelby Amspacher and Corinne Stoian.

Shelby is an art and archaeology major with a concentration in archaeology and a minor in history. She is a field hockey player and a coach. Shelby participated in the College Year in Athens program, where she was able to further explore her love of archaeology. Her research interests include the roles of museums in education and how museums are utilized by various demographic groups. Shelby is currently applying to graduate programs.

Corinne is from Brunswick, Maryland, and she is an art and archaeology major with a concentration in art history. Her research interests are quite varied and include 20th-century art and classical archaeology. Corinne has taken full advantage of her time at Hood including a short-term study abroad trip to Europe. She is currently applying for summer internships and looking into M.A. programs.

The Suzanne Gottert ’68 Prize In Art was established by Suzanne Gottert ’68 in 2001 and presented each year to an outstanding junior art major who is minoring or concentrating in studio art, specifically two-dimensional art (i.e. printmaking, drawing or painting). This year’s prize-winner is Leigh Anne Brader.

Leigh Anne started her college career as a communications major, transitioned to a major in art education and has found a welcoming home as an art and archaeology major with a studio art concentration. Her journey in academia sharpened her passion for studio art and built on an aptitude for business. Leigh Anne continually demonstrates her ability to meld the formal qualities of her work with a compassionate need for the narratives to emote. Whether drawing, painting or taking photographs, Leigh Anne proves to have the grit necessary to thrive in the arts.

The Elaine Adrienne Gates Memorial Prize In Studio Art was established in 2011 in memory of Elaine Adrienne Gates, associate professor emerita of art, who taught at Hood from 1960 to 1997; she died in 2004. Elaine was an ethereal free spirit, an artist with a renaissance soul and a philosopher/teacher who mentored, nurtured and encouraged her students with just the right mix of dedication and discipline. The prize is awarded to the student who exhibits a similar sense of dedication, determination and intensive exploration in the studio arts resulting in significant growth, development and artistic accomplishment. Melissa Dryman is the recipient of this prize.

Melissa is an art and archaeology major with a concentration in studio art, with a focus in painting and a minor in graphic design. She is currently interning with Frederick’s Department of Economic Development, taking photographs and working on media for local businesses. Melissa is taking great pride in turning colorful stories into fantastic environments. Installation art is a great fit for her varied talents and interests. Storytelling has brought an excitement and focus to her work.