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16th Annual ArtsWorcester College Competition Showcases Holy Cross Artists

Nathan Manna '21 and Stephanie McCrary '20 were awarded Juror's Prizes
February 20th, 2020 by 

A collage of four pieces of art—one of a book, one of a cow, one of an eye, and one of a tree
A selection of art pieces featured in the ArtsWorcester College Show, from top left: "Folding Like Hedi" by Karina Carderas '19; "Dakota" by Emma Waligory '20; "Sealed Lips" by Sophie Ochs '20; "The Boondocks" by Stephanie McCrary '20.

Two College of the Holy Cross students, Nathan Manna ’21 and Stephanie McCrary ’20, were awarded Juror’s Prizes in this year’s 16th Annual College Art Show at the ArtsWorcester gallery, an annual competition featuring students from local area colleges.

Honorable mentions were also awarded to Murphy Grady ’20, a studio art major with a minor in art history, and Emma Waligory ’20, an English major with a minor in studio art. Nine additional Holy Cross students were invited to exhibit their work in the show.

The organization received more than 260 submissions this year, featuring traditional and new media, including sculpture, video, print, painting and photography. More than 70 were selected and judged by Lynne Cooney, artistic director and chief curator of the Boston University Art Galleries.

The 16th Annual ArtsWorcester College Show will be on display at ArtsWorcester’s Aurora Gallery until March 7, 2020.

 A gathering of photos arrayed on a wall

“Worship Me: The Creation of Man” by Nathan Manna ’21. Photo courtesy of Nathan Manna ’21

Manna, a self-designed performance studies major, whose piece, “Worship Me: The Creation of Man,” won a Juror’s prize, described his work as “a collection of Polaroid-esque images that form a haphazardly shaped collection. I wanted to draw attention to the forced dichotomy between hyper-masculinity and femininity in the gay community.”

 A wooden mobile with different colored shapes

“Mobile” by Stephanie McCrary ’20. Photo courtesy of Stephanie McCrary ’20

McCrary, an English major with a minor in studio art and a concentration in Africana studies, won a Juror’s prize for her piece, “Mobile.” “With this piece, I aimed to create a black youth utopia,” she says. “The standard mobiles that children play with as babies show generic images or toys. I thought it would be interesting to take the average mobile and use it to create a story about the black identity and youth.”

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