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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 3:26 pm

Four years of hard work is shown off at the senior art show in the Golding-Yang art gallery on Wednesday.

 Nicole Duff, senior and gallery staff, had her piece “Judicious Jackalope” win first place in the show. Duff stated that it was the most successful, although not her favorite, piece of a series of works she based on cryptids, which are creatures of myth and legend.

“It’s really rewarding since I’ve worked so hard,” said Duff. “It’s just kind of nice to have some recognition to show my hard work has paid off.” 

In addition to that recognition, Duff expressed that she enjoyed the experience of being able to show her work with her fellow seniors. 

Senior art students are required to have at least one piece in this exhibition in order to graduate. The student pieces featured were made in and for classes, spanning over a variety of mediums.  

 “I’ve had classes with them,” she said, “and I’ve seen them grow as artists. So, it’s really an amazing experience. I’m really glad that MSU has the art program do this.”

After graduation in May, Duff intends to take a year off to focus on freelance work while she applies to graduate schools.  

Kristen Hamm, another senior, won Best in Show for her watercolor painting “Naturality.” She expressed intense joy and excitement at receiving the award and being able to share the experience with those close to her. 

“I’m at a loss of words,” said Hamm. “I’m just so excited. I worked very hard for this show, and I’m so happy all my friends and family are here, and I can share this moment with them. I feel like all my hard work has paid off. I’m just so happy and honored to have this award.”

Hamm is fluent in Korean and Japanese and said that she wanted to start her own art business as well as pursue work as an interpreter after graduation. 

The exhibition itself will remain on display until April 12. It will be followed by the Annual MSU Art BFA Exhibition on April 24.