About ArtFest

ArtFest is annual student art competition and exhibition sponsored by the Memorial Student Center’s Visual Arts Committee. The top three winners of ArtFest will be exhibited in the James R. Reynolds Student Art Gallery and will receive a cash prize. The winners will be announced at the exhibition’s opening reception.

ArtFest 2017 will be on display March 1 – April 8, 2017.

2017 Winners

First Place


Title: La Dorada (ink and gold leaf)
Artist: Diana Bodenmiller
Class: Junior, Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Flower Mound, TX

Second Place

Title: The Birds Who have Fallen in Love with the Flowers (acrylic)
Artist: Mehrzad Monavi
Class: Graduate Student, Mathematics
Hometown: Karaj, Iran

Artist statement: The genre of this painting is Gol-o Morgh which means birds and flowers in Persian. Bird and flower in ancient Persian culture are symbols for the lover and the beloved,respectively. This painting is inspired by the nature; flowers imprisoned by their roots in the earth and birds, up in the air, with the highest level of freedom, who have fallen for the flowers.

Third Place

Title: Aquatic Hunter (plaster)
Artist: Jacob Whitley
Class: Junior, Vizualization
Hometown: Anderson, TX

Artist statement: I wanted to create a piece that had personality and background. The crouching pose helps give it movement and the feeling it’s studying its target. I also wanted to give the viewer something new to look at from every angle. From a side view you may see the oceanic rock it’s standing on and the cage on its sash on its back. From another you may see its wristband and kelp scarf.

Film/Animation Category: Overall


Title: Frankenkite
Artist: Bailey Rogers
Class: Graduate Student, Vizualization
Hometown: Cibolo, TX

Previous Winners