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Winners Selected in LMU Student Art Exhibition


Harrogate, Tennessee, March 5, 2018— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences honored six students during an awards reception for the LMU Student Art Exhibition held March 1, 2018, at the Cumberland Gap Arts Center. 

Hannah Rivers, a senior art major from Rose Hill, Virginia, won best in show for “Untitled,” Annie Greer, a junior art major from Middlesboro, Kentucky, won second prize for “Self-Portrait” and Kayla Owens, a senior exercise science major from Middlesboro, Kentucky, won third prize for “Greek Inspired Vase.” Honorable mentions went to Marina Martin, a senior social work major from Harrogate, Tennessee, for “Untitled #2,” Abigail Evans, a senior psychology major from England for “Jeffrey” and Kaitlyn Zander, a sophomore pre-med biology major from Baneberry, Tennessee, for “Wild.”

The LMU bookstore provided gift certificates for first, second and third place. 

The LMU Student Art Exhibition began in 2017 as a way to showcase the highest quality student work. The exhibition encompasses many styles and genres and a variety of media, including fabric, acrylic, pencil, ceramics, and more. 

The call for entry garnered dozens of submissions and was juried by Cynthia Hankins-Koppel, art teacher at J. Frank White Academy. 

“I know what a personal experience it is to submit for an exhibit,” said Hankins-Koppel. “As artists, you put your soul out there and expose yourself. That makes it very hard to judge. I examined line, color and contrast and instances where the artists had pushed beyond themselves and beyond expectations. The diversity of the art entered speaks to the diversity of our community.” 

The exhibition is displayed in the Cumberland Gap Arts Center gallery for public viewing through March 9, 2018, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the gallery, located at 703 Brooklyn Street in Cumberland Gap. The Cumberland Gap Arts Center houses the art program at LMU and strives to bring cutting-edge contemporary art from local and regional artists to the LMU community. 

“We aim to foster conversation about the place of visual arts and how they impact the diverse community of Appalachia,” said Michael Giles, assistant professor of art. “We think of this as an oasis of culture for the community to enjoy.”

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at



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