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Student Spotlight: 2012 Kara D. Berggren Award Winners

The Kara D. Berggren scholarship is awarded to outstanding artwork selected for exhibition in the annual undergraduate juried show in Zoller Gallery. This year the juror was the Philadelphia-based artists Virgil Marti. We featured a profile of Virgil and the Undergraduate Student Exhibition in our November Artsword. This year two young artists shared the Berggren scholarship, Ricky Bardy and Victoria Buchler, and they describe their work and the impact of the award. Ricky Bardy: The Berggren Award was huge for me, not only for financial reasons, but also as a way of verifying that the hour-long video I made was worth the effort and time. There is nothing better than being told as a young artist that your art is worth viewing. To make Create, instead of a traditional approach of drawing each frame on a separate piece of paper, I would draw a little, take a picture, then draw some more and repeat. For the scenes I improvised, mostly in the fourth movement, I would start a line until I had some sort of figure, then when I decided it was done I would extend the last frame of that drawing and move the camera onto a blank part of the page or flip the page, and start a new scene. For a scene where I make a plane fly or any sort of movement, I would erase the part I wanted to move and draw it again but move it a little. In total there are 11,450 hand-drawn frames (by chance I got a nice even number). Victoria Buchler: I am extremely grateful for having received the Kara D. Berggren Award. In addition to providing me with the ability to buy building materials that would normally be outside of my financial means, the award has also expanded the way that I view myself as an artist. Receiving recognition outside of a classroom setting has allowed me to see the potential for my work to create a dialogue beyond the walls of our Visual Arts Building, making my future as a working artist that much more tangible. The piece itself is an exploration of the commodification of spirituality, religion, and good luck. I am interested in the ramifications of mass-producing objects of great significance and how repetition affects the relationship between a viewer and an object or image.