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JAS Top Ten

The Juried Art Show (JAS, pronounced “jazz”) is an annual exhibition of artwork from the undergraduate students of the University of Guelph’s Studio Art program. Run annually since 1968, JAS is entirely student-run, and is one of the oldest art shows of its kind in Canada. It is a long-cherished tradition of the University, a capstone of community celebration for the school’s emerging artists, and platform for professional development. The Top Ten Show is an exhibit of the ten award-winning artworks selected by the JAS jurors.

This years top ten artworks are by the following artists: Carmen Mattear, Shannon Moroz, Harley Duck, Mei Lein Harrison, Emily Escoffery, Emma Ongman, Genevieve Monk, Hannah West, and Jane Baran. 

To see the full 53rd Annual Juried Art Show, click here.

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Rhianna Rausch

Tread Lightly
Ceramics
14″ x 9″ x 6″

Rhianna Rausch is a ceramic artist from Sumter, South Carolina. In her work, she focuses on creating ceramic pieces that are aesthetically delicate but with strong forms. She specializes in coil-built pottery and giving each piece their own unique personality.

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Winthrop University

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Nicole Scott

Essence of The Heart: My Story
2021
Pine, Copper, Twine
3′ x 3′ x 4′

Nicole Scott’s artistic practice is focused on using sculpture to represent the different functions and systems found within the human body. Nicole is currently using a method of interweaving copper wire and woodworking, to create a sculptural representation of the vascular system. Essence of The Heart represents a portion of the vascular system that includes the arm/hand and connects to Nicole’s battle with Essential Tremors. This neurological disorder causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking that occurs most often in the hands and affects Nicole’s fine motor skills/artistic practice. Since Nicole’s neurological condition can be influenced by her vascular health, her sculpture’s purpose is to illustrate how separate systems influence each other and have complex relationships inside the body. This is Nicole’s story.

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Navyen Nam

Starbox
Digital Photography
18″ x 18″

Starbox is part of an installation that draws out your anxiety and fears by overwhelming you. The human body can only process so many sounds, sights, and feelings at a time. At a certain point, your mind isn’t sure what to do and your instincts kick in. Your heart rate quickly rises and your body starts to produce adrenaline and cortisol. Your palms begin to sweat, the hair on your body sticks up and your senses are heightened. Your mind and body start to fight with each other. Your mind tells you one thing and your body tells you another.

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Winthrop University

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Madeline Parker

Capture
Mixed media drawing on Stonehenge
27″ 22″

Madeleine Parker is an artist based in South Carolina who is working towards her BFA in drawing and printmaking at Winthrop University. She creates prints and mixed media drawings that help her explore both her artistic interests and her passion for biology. Madeleine uses flora and fauna, nature symbolism, and death as inspirations for her work and is currently focusing on using mixed media techniques in order to create work that feels organic.

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Winthrop University

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Lauren Baechel

Elegy
Mixed Media
10′ x 4.5′

Elegy is about processing grief and handling the loss of someone in your life. At a very young age, I learned firsthand about death and how it feels. Elegy was a way for me to express the feelings that I never allowed out before. I used the creation of this piece to help me move through the grief that I had not had the chance to before. This mixed media piece is made with plaster, string, steel, dried flowers, and shoes that were donated to me. Shoes are not easily worn by anyone else, and when the wearer passes they sit untouched, unable to be worn again in the same way. My theme of comfort zones travels to this piece, allowing the viewer to step into a safe space to feel and grow.

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Winthrop University

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Kim Le

Sao và Sọc (Stars and Stripes)
Fibers (Quiltwork)
60″ x 76″ x 1″

In America, seldom will you ever see Vietnamese diaspora fly the official flag of Vietnam, a red flag with the yellow star; emblematic of North Vietnam. The now defunct South Vietnamese yellow flag with three red stripes has been and remains the flag which Vietnamese diaspora use to represent ourselves. When we migrated to America, we flew this yellow striped flag next to the American red, white, and blue, honoring the land we left and the land we live in now. This quilted American flag is made of small Vietnamese flags, both North and South, in red and yellow Asian brocade silks. Representing the dysphoria Vietnamese-Americans have in regards to their flag, it showcases the intermingling visual and historical relationships between the flags of the representative countries.

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Winthrop University

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Jewel Edwards

Royal Self Portrait
Acrylic on canvas
40″ x 30″

Jewel Edwards was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She is currently a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Edwards explores themes of black identity and black culture as well as dissecting African American history in America and its impact on today’s modern society.

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Winthrop University

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Jay Coleman

Just Lost My Peace of Mind
Photograph and Digital
15″ x 10″

My self-portraits present a play between femininity and masculinity by including traditionally feminine clothing, along with textures and clothing associated with both men and women. I want to close the gap between the two and help change the narrative of trans masculine people. I incorporate shapes hidden behind the figure as well as invading the space of the in order to parallel the feelings of discomfort that I feel. I use circles behind each of the figure’s heads to give a sense of divinity and otherworldliness.

@van.nx

Winthrop University

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Jason Lindsay

Stuck at Home
Laser woodblock
23″ x 29″

This semester, I have been creating prints and sculptural work exploring the feelings of doom many of us have been experiencing this past year. “Stuck at Home,” juxtaposes a close-up scene of everyday life with apocalyptic visions. This two-block print was made by using a laser to engrave bitmaps created in photoshop onto two woodblocks. While these two blocks were initially conceived to be as unrelated to each other as possible, connections will be inevitably made when any two images are side-by-side. I would like for viewers to create those connections and built their own narratives for this print.

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Winthrop University

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