UNT ceramic art students garner scholarship prizes

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- A ceramics student and two alumnae from the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas have won 2012 Emerging Texas Artist Scholarships for their entries at the Texas Arts and Crafts Fair in Kerrville.

UNT alumna Sun Weasun Song won best of show along with a $5,000 scholarship. Ceramics major Cody Clinton and ceramics alumnae Holly Siggelow both won special honors and a $1,250 scholarship each.

The Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation sponsored this year's fair. The non-profit organization's vision is to encourage growth of fine arts and craft skills, as well as to sponsor educational creative arts events in Texas.

Song is originally from Korea, but came to UNT from Oklahoma. She is a functional potter who said her pieces' efficiency is just as important as their aesthetic value. Song graduated in May with a Master in Fine Arts of ceramics.

Siggelow, a student from Athens, Texas, said her work is largely inspired by Islamic art and contemporary art work. She creates depth and definition on her pieces by stamping the surface to create visual patterns making each piece unique. Siggelow graduated in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics.

Clinton, a Keller native, said his work functions in harmony with nature. He uses glazing and a soda firing process that creates a sense of movement and detail in his work. Clinton is a senior ceramics student at UNT. 

Jerry Austin, chair of the department of studio art, sponsors three booths each year at the fair and invites art students to compete in the scholarship competition. This year, six ceramic students participated in the three-day event.

"The Department of Studio Art has been very fortunate to have students win scholarships every year they have participated," Austin said. "It's a great opportunity for students to learn about setting up, showing and selling their work and competing for scholarships."

For more information, contact Austin at jerry.austin@unt.edu or at 940-369-7671.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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