As Fine Arts senior Taylor Hawkins gets ready to graduate he takes with him one more honor—the inaugural Workman Painting Prize.
“The award recognizes the best painter of our 2012 graduating senior class,” Dean the School of Fine Arts Julie Taggert said. “This is the first year we have awarded this prize, and Taylor was chosen based on a faculty voting process.”
Chris Yates, associate professor of Fine Arts, worked with Hawkins during his senior thesis class and watched him as he made strides in both concept and execution.
“There is nothing more exciting for me as a teacher than to work with a student that is devoted to and passionate about their work—Taylor is such a student,” Yates said.
Hawkins will receive a cash prize, and his work will be displayed in SHOW: The 133rd Annual Student Exhibition on campus. He was also a recent recipient of an AICUO Award for Excellence in Visual Art.
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