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MGCCC Jefferson Davis art competition, exhibit going up Monday

COURTESY MGCCCTalia Hunter's oil painting 'Sassy Passenger' will be on display at the MGCCC Jefferson Davis student art exhibition and competition.
COURTESY MGCCCTalia Hunter's oil painting 'Sassy Passenger' will be on display at the MGCCC Jefferson Davis student art exhibition and competition.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jefferson Davis Campus Student Art Exhibition and Competition will go on display Monday in the campus fine arts building where it will be up through April 29, with a reception at noon April 21.

Awards will be given in the categories of design, drawing, painting and ceramics, the school recently announced. The exhibit will be judged by local artist and Jefferson Davis alumna Elizabeth Huffmaster.

Among students participating:

n Kim Iglesia of Gulfport. After earning her art degree, she would like to attend a cinema makeup school in Los Angeles, Calif., and work in movie special effects.

Her acrylic painting "Memory" was inspired by the Dutch painter Pieter Claesz.

"For the table and some parts of the skull, I used the stippling method that is commonly used for makeup to get the texture I wanted," she said.

n Talia Hunter of Biloxi works in a range of artistic styles and is an aspiring tattoo artist. Her "Sassy Passenger" oil painting is what she calls a "car selfie."

"The title was inspired by a compliment received from an admirer of my piece in which she noted how 'sassy' and 'fierce' the girl on the canvas is portrayed," she said.

n Sharita Amaker of Biloxi is primarily a portrait artist, drawing celebrities and doing commissions for people on Instagram.

"Procrastination Will Come Back and Sting You" was done in colored pencil, building up and blending layers of color to achieve her style.

"The drawing took longer than I expected, so that is where its name comes from," she said.

n Jasmine Lindsley of Biloxi plans to pursue her dreams of having a professional art career as a muralist and freelance painter after graduating from MGCCC. She is currently creating murals for public spaces and businesses, including Fishbone Alley in Gulfport.

She was drawn to paint the reflections and tiny details of the bottle in her oil painting "Still Life with Bottle and Fruit."

"I sit back and look at my piece, and then just let it happen," she says of her painting process.

n Hannah Livingston of Saucier will be attending Mississippi State University in the fall, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree after graduation from MGCCC. She plans to become a professional illustrator and has already received a book illustration commission from a local author.

Her ceramic piece "Kabuki Mask" evolved organically, as she had originally planned for it to be a Venetian mask but found it transformed into the mask of Japanese dance-drama.

"I created a mold for the clay to be draped over, and after it was bisque fired, I painted it with acrylic paint," she said.

n Madisyn Lanoue of Long Beach will be attending the University of South Alabama in the fall, where she will pursue a master's of education in art.

He charcoal drawing "Syrian Refugees" pays tribute to the people of Syria displaced by violence.

"It was a really prevalent story in the news, and the severity of the situation compelled me to do it," she said of her rendering.

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