Winners Announced for the 11th Annual JWCC Student Show and Sell

JWCC main campus building
April 13, 2023

Winners Announced for the 11th Annual JWCC Student Show and Sell

John Wood Community College’s 11th annual Student “Show and Sell” Spring Exhibit in the Heath Center Art Gallery is open until May 5.

This year’s art show features numerous pieces of artwork submitted by nine JWCC students. Lydia and Tim O’Neal and Jamie Green were the judges. Judging criteria included the overall impression of the artwork, level of creativity, quality and the artistic skill demonstrated.

The top winners include E. Olivas (Best in Show, “Conversations,” charcoal drawing), Keyana Wray (First Place, “Still Life: Found Objects,” ebony pencil), Gaven Mellon (Second Place, “Reflections in the Void,” digital art), and Wendy White (Third Place, “Rainbow Pour,” acrylic paint). The winners will receive a certificate and cash prize sponsored by the JWCC Foundation.

Receiving honorable mentions were E. Olivas (“Dissociation,” collage), Keyana Wray (“Delicate,” ebony pencil) and Ethan Huber (“Melting Man,” pen and ink).

Some pieces are for sale and students keep the majority of the proceeds to jump-start their art and design careers. The college does retain a portion of each sale to enhance the arts education program at JWCC through the Foundation Office.

Be sure to check out the silent auction featuring of artwork by former JWCC students. Bids will be accepted through Friday, May 5. Proceeds benefit the gallery fund through the Foundation Office. To donate, contact Barbara Holthaus, JWCC Foundation Executive Director, at 217-641-4105 or email More information may also be found at JWCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization that assists students achieve their educational goals.

The exhibit is open through Friday, May 5, during regular business hours. For more information, please contact Jenna Seaborn, Heath Center Art Gallery Curator, at or 217-653-3246.

The Heath Center Art Gallery is located on the lower level of the Paul Heath Fine Arts Center, JWCC Quincy Campus, 48th & Harrison and is open during regular college hours which are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Pictured: Best in Show E. Olivas, JWCC President Bryan Renfro, First Place Winner Keyana Wray, Honorable Mention Ethan Huber.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.