MFA Exhibition Student Winners Announced

MFA Juried Student Exhibition Winners were announced Monday evening. Jurors, Christian Helm and Armin Vit, selected a total of 63 pieces for the show. Pieces in the show include books, websites, animated type, large 3-D work, and posters. Dr. Timothy Mottet, Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication and Mr. Michael Niblett, Director of the School of Art & Design awarded the following top winners of the competition:

Best of Show – Cesar Rivera for The People Book – Awarded $1200 scholarship

Runner Up – Jonathan Pliego for his A Home for Everyone Poster – Awarded $500 scholarship

Jurors Award – Bill Frank for his Animals Book – Awarded $100 scholarship

Jurors Award – Lisa McDaniel for her The Help Book– Awarded $100 scholarship

Jurors Award – Cesar Rivera for his Dick + Jane Edition– Awarded $100 scholarship

In Gallery II, Thesis students Gram Garner, Thomas Hollifield, and Duncan Robertson, showcased their research results. Gram Garner used his design skills to research Austin’s transition from an at-large City Council election to one based on geographic representation. Thomas Hollifield’s investigated a way to to help older citizens share their oral histories with younger citizens and begin a conversation between the two groups. Duncan Robertson interviewed creative people about their careers and processes. He has created podcasts of the conversations and will continue to share them at

The Student Juried Exhibition and Thesis Exhibition will remain open for viewing in J.C. Mitte Art Gallery I&II through Friday, January 17.


1 Comment for “MFA Exhibition Student Winners Announced”



It was a great night, I am honored that my work was picked to be in the show, and excited to be awarded Best of Show. So much great work. Thank you.

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