Best of Show

Four students received awards at the annual North Dakota State University Juried Student Art Exhibit in the Memorial Union Gallery. The exhibit was open to all NDSU students. Of the 42 original pieces by 27 different NDSU student artists, the Best of Show award goes to Mary Kinstler's "Death Comes to Us All" and Honorable Mentions go to Zak Helenske's "A Progression of Jars" and Bradley Wehrman's "Mores No. 3." Jessica Wachter's "Covered Up" was voted the People's Choice Award.

Linda A. Olson, M.F.A., who teaches art at Minot State University, was guest juror.

Kinstler, a sophomore art major, says "I thrive off the emotion and responses that people find out of my work. I focus on the darker side of life, hoping to shed my own light on the subjects that no one really wants to talk about. My triptych titled "Death Comes to Us All" comes from my belief of living life moment by moment. Death can come to us at any moment in life, no matter what age, and my piece is intended to express this."

Helenske is a senior in art. Wehrman is a junior majoring in fine arts and architecture and environmental design. Wachter is pursuing a bachelor's degree in art.


Mary Kinstler
"Death Comes To Us All - Triptych"
"Best in Show
Oil on canvas, 2008


Jessica Wachter
"Covered Up"
People's Choice
oil paint on canvas, 2008


Bradley Wehrman
"Mores No. 3"
Honorable Mention
mixed media, 2008


Zak Helenske
"A Progression of Jars"
Honorable Mention
salt"fired white stoneware, 2008