The winners of Del Mar College’s annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture show were announced Feb. 20 during the show’s opening reception in the Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery.
The Joseph A. Cain Memorial Purchase Award of $2,000 was awarded to Kurt Dyrhaug for the cast iron, small sculpture piece “Tonka Buster.” The White Library Purchase Award, also for $2,000, was awarded to Philip Laber for his multidimensional sculpture “Betrayed by Geometry and Time.” Margi Weir was awarded the DMC Permanent Collection Award and its $1000 prize for the piece “Variety Store.”
Honorable Mention awards were given to Robin Arnold for the piece “Scion” and Katherine Liontas-Warren for the piece “Love Vessel.”
Oklahoma State University Professor and artist Chris Ramsay served as guest juror for this year’s show.
DMC Professor of Design Randy Flowers is already seeking out another noteworthy artist to be the juror of the drawing and small sculpture show’s 50th anniversary next year.
While Flowers does assemble the pieces and fixes any damage to the art that may have happened in transit, he stresses that the show belongs entirely to the juror.
“I’m the academic version of a curator,” Flowers said. “We try to look for a contemporary artist of note, always very well known. Some previous jurors have even been in the art history books we use in our classrooms.”
Winners from previous shows and other select works are still on display on the fifth floor gallery in the White Library.