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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 Kristen Squires.

Kristen is a senior double majoring in art and archaeology with a concentration in archaeology, and religious studies. Her current Departmental Honors paper, in archaeology, examines the political organization of the pre-Columbian site of Cahokia through the evidence from burials. Her outstanding work in the department extends beyond her academic achievements to include participation in the Feminist Student Union and the Archaeology Club. She has also taken part in archaeological excavations locally and in Turkey.

The Mary Ellen Randoph Prize, named in memory of Associate Professor Emerita Mary Ellen Randolph, is awarded to an art major who 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. Lew Dean is this year’s prizewinner. Lew melds graphic printmaking with traditional skills in drawing and painting to reflect the growing position of nature in the modern world. Inspired by gardens as a sacred space, Lew takes his own non-physical sacred space, memory, and makes it physical. Lew is pursuing a double major in art and archaeology with a concentration in studio art, and in mathematics. His future goals include furthering sustainable industry using art and science.

The Anna Louise Remsen Prize In Art is awarded to a 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 prizewinner is Justin Fox.

Justin demonstrates a passion for architecture and design with unique photography that focuses on beauty and character hiding amidst the ordinary. Justin is pursuing a double major in art and archaeology with a concentration in studio art, and integrated marketing communication. He is currently developing a series of artwork for his senior exhibition. After the completion of his senior exhibition and senior year at Hood College, Justin plans to enter the world of marketing.

The Art Department Alumnae Award is presented to an outstanding junior or senior art major, recognizing interest in the scholarship of art. The award recipient is Hannah Thompson.

Hannah is a double major in art and archaeology with a concentration in archaeology, and English with a concentration in literature. She a member of the Archaeology Club and has participated in Hood’s local excavations at Pearl House in Mount Pleasant and at James Madison’s estate in Virginia. Hannah has a passion for ancient languages, and she has studied Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Akkadian Cuneiform during her undergraduate studies. She is currently completing her Departmental Honors paper on the topic of Emesal, a dialect of the ancient Sumerian language of Iraq, used by women, goddesses and priests. Hannah plans to pursue graduate study in the field of linguistic anthropology.

The Suzanne Gottert ’68 Prize In Art was established by Suzanne Gottert ’68 in 2001 and is 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 prizewinner is John Braun.

Since entering Hood College, John has consistently and eagerly taken part in college exhibitions. High standards of craft, unique and fanciful content and unusual viewpoints activate John’s work, taking his viewers on electrified journeys. John’s skills in traditional and digital media increase the breadth of his vision and the potential of each project. He is an innovative and talented craftsman, who has his sights set on a successful career in studio art.

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 and 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. Cameron Tate is the recipient of this prize.

Cameron was born and raised in Washington, D.C., a city with a strong sneaker culture. He has incorporated a passion for footwear into his current series of photographs created for his senior exhibition. In his artist statement Cameron says, “Shoes are more than just a well-molded mass of leather … My photos bring out the variety of sensations and feelings in response to the excitement of wearing the sneakers.”