OCTC Student Art Awards

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OWENSBORO, KY (01/11/2019) Owensboro Community & Technical College art students participated in the college's Fall 2018 semester Student Art Exhibition. The culmination of the exhibit is the student awards, including Merit and Purchase awards. Sandra Farris served as juror for the exhibit.

A first place Merit Award for Bloom White, a charcoal drawing, was earned by Jereal McKenzie. Angel Higdon won the second place Merit Award for her ceramic piece, Twisted Teal; Dakota Butler won the third place Merit Award for Mortal Soul, a charcoal drawing.

The first-place Purchase Award and Best in Show went to Samantha Zolicoffer for her oil painting, Lost in Thought. The second place Purchase Award went to Makayla Brown for her charcoal drawing, Negative Midnight. Dakota Butler earned the third-place Purchase Award for Abandoned Still Life, a charcoal drawing.

The winning purchase award pieces become a part of OCTC's permanent collection. Faculty members Monty Helm and Lou O'Leary are teaching studio classes in sculpture, 2-D design and drawing during the Spring 2019 semester.

Those interested in exploring an Associate in Fine Arts degree or joining the OCTC Art Club should contact Monty Helm via e-mail at monty.helm@kctcs.edu.


Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.

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