By Hannah Angle
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The 45th Annual Student Show reception took place on Wednesday, April 25 and showcased Camden County College students’ art works. The event drew about 150 to 200 people, said Marlin Gallery director Therese Marlin. The students’ works are showcased at the Marlin Gallery until May 11 for anyone to come in to view.

This year’s show has more winners than had been planned. The two jurors, John Giannotti, professor emeritus, Rutgers University, and Donna Lantz, academic dean, Moore College of Art, added 12 winners to the list. Along with first, second and third place, they chose honorable mentions, best in sculpture, best in painting, best in drawing, best in ceramics, and best in photography. The awards and food and beverage were provided and paid for by Camden County College.

The reception was only 30 minutes in when there was a loud crash as one of the pieces fell to the floor. Luckily the art work remained intact and only the frame shattered, leaving a sigh of relief from everyone and a lot of glass to clean up. The piece that had fallen was called “Burnt Factory,” photographed by Christopher Simoni, accounting major.

The photo “Craig” by Alana Reichfeld, 20, a liberal arts major, was a homework assignment for her photography class that wound up winning her first place in photography. “The picture is actually my best friend’s dad, who happened to be sitting on the porch reading a Bible,” Reichfeld said. She plans to continue her education at Richard Stockton College for a degree in photography. “I hope to one day own my own studio and business,” she said.

Nick Kacic, 50, an art major, won best in show for his sculpture “Evolution.” He has been sculpting since age 10. “My goal is achieve the perfect most pleasing form,” said Kacic. “When you look at a sculpture it’s supposed to capture the viewer through shape and form. From the ground up it has to be eye pleasing.”

Zack Hendlmyer, a liberal arts major, is a name you won’t see on the brochure of artists because he was a subject of one of the art pieces. He modeled for Simoni’s photograph called “Zack.”

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