Winner of top student art prize is named

Screen capture from Krenz's video installation, "World of Sleepers."

The Vanderbilt University Department of Art is pleased to announce the recipient of the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award for 2014. This year’s recipient is David Krenz of Spring Hill, Tenn. As Hamblet winner, he will receive a $25,000 prize that provides the funds for a year of art research and travel, culminating in a solo show at Vanderbilt in one year.

Krenz’s video installation, World of Sleepers, was selected for the award following a juried competition involving exhibition, interviews and written proposals. The piece includes an original musical score by Krenz, who is also majoring in music at Vanderbilt.

The $10,000 Merit Award was presented to Kelsey Creel of Birmingham, Ala.

Krenz’s and Creel’s art can be viewed as part of the 2014 Senior Show now on display in Space 204, the second-floor gallery of the Department of Art. The other graduating art majors exhibiting include Margaret “Elle” Burnett, Lesley Hill, Desiré Hough, Demi Landstedt and Anisha Patel.

Senior Show 2014 is on display Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, noon–4 p.m., until May 10. The gallery is located in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 25th and Garland, on the Vanderbilt campus.

Jurors selected to serve for the competition are all distinguished artists and educators, including Sergio Soave, professor of art at Ohio State University: Leticia Bajuyo, professor of art at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind.; and Ken Gonzales-Day, professor of art at Scripps College in Los Angeles.

Vanderbilt’s Department of Art has supervised the awarding of the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award since 1984. The award was established by Clement H. Hamblet in honor of his wife, whom he met while she was studying abroad. The Hamblet Award is meant to provide the means for travel and independent art activity for one year, culminating in an exhibition at Vanderbilt.

Contact: Diane Acree, (615) 343-7241