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Metro State University announces 2022 Art Purchase Award

Posted April 19, 2022

Collage of artworks against a white background

(From left to right): (top left) Cherries on Chartreuse by Aarah Aizman, oil on canvas, 24” X 24”, 2016; (lower left) River Roost by Kimber Starnes, acrylic painting, 24” X 12”, 2019; Lake Song by Kimber Starnes, acrylic painting, 24” X 12”, 2019; (upper center left) Justice, Equality, Humanity by Adam Bucher, digital illustration, 26” X 36”, 2020; (lower center left) Reflecting by Hana Yonekawa, inkjet print, 14” X 11” 2021; Power by Gretchen Funk, inkjet print, 20” X 10” 2020; The Child and Their Doll by Kong Blia Thao, acrylic on canvas, 20” X 16”, 2021

The selection of seven works by students and alumni are announced in the results of the Metropolitan State University 2022 Art Purchase Award. The university Art Exhibition Committee has selected these works for acquisition:

  • Justice, Equality, Humanity by Adam Bucher, digital illustration, 26” X 36”, 2020 
  • Lake Song by Kimber Starnes, acrylic painting, 24” X 12”, 2019 
  • River Roost by Kimber Starnes, acrylic painting, 24” X 12”, 2019 
  • Cherries on Chartreuse by Aarah Aizman, oil on canvas, 24” X 24”, 2016
  • Reflecting by Hana Yonekawa, inkjet print, 14” X 11” 2021 
  • Power by Gretchen Funk, inkjet print, 20” X 10” 2020
  • The Child and Their Doll by Kong Blia Thao, acrylic on canvas, 20” X 16”, 2021 

The placements of the works are yet to be established.

The annual Art Purchase Award is to encourage the growth and development of student and alumni studio artists and to elevate the profile of the arts on campus. The Art Exhibition Committee orchestrates up to seven $1,000 awards, selected on the basis of artistic merit.

The 2022 Art Purchase Award is generously supported by Academic Affairs, the Alumni Association, the Metropolitan State University Student Association, the Library and Learning Center Endowment and the Office of the President. 

The 20th annual Art Purchase Award will take place in spring 2023. Direct inquiries to resident faculty member Amy Sands at amy.sands@metrostate.edu.