March 29, 2022

Excellence in Art + Design Showcased in Salem State’s Student Exhibition

by Felicia Cheney

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Students of the Salem State University Art + Design department are showcasing their works in the 2022 Student Art Awards Exhibition March 21 – April 15, 2022 at the university’s Winfisky Gallery. Each year, Art + Design recognizes the achievements of its most outstanding majors and minors. The 2022 Student Art Awards exhibition features the work of 25 students in painting, printmaking, 3D arts, art history, graphic design, and photography. Gallery hours are 10am – 4pm Monday through Friday. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

“After a two year hiatus, we are delighted to host a live show of student work”, shares Winfisky director Ken Reker. “The works on display demonstrate a wide range of styles, techniques, and viewpoints, reflecting the breadth and depth of Salem State’s art + design program.”

Students receiving special awards for exceptional achievement and contributions to the Art + Design department include: Erin Melin (Peabody) and Samantha Stickney (Plymouth) , Presidential Creativity Award; Alexander Caggiano (Saugus) and Brianna Richardson (Swampscott), Winfisky Award; and Amanda Leahman (Boston), Vitto Samartano Award.

All are welcome to attend an artists reception on Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30 to 6 pm in the Ellison Campus Center.

2022 Student Art Award Recipients

  • Alexander Caggiano – Winfisky Award, Art History and Certificate of Merit
  • Alexandra Breban – Photography
  • Amanda Lehman – Vito Sammartano Award and Painting
  • Andrei Wood – Printmaking, 3-D
  • Anna Malkina – Painting 
  • Bailey Gideon – Printmaking
  • Brianna Richardson – Winfisky Award and 3-D
  • Cat Flanders  – Painting
  • Clifmon Leroy – Certificate of Merit
  • Erin Melin – Presidential Creativity Award, Graphic Design, and Certificate of Merit
  • Hannah Carroll – Painting 
  • Jennifer Kiley – 3-D
  • Julie Garrett – Printmaking
  • Katherine Molis – Printmaking
  • Leah Kennedy – Photography
  • Meghan Allard – Art History
  • Michael Simpson – Painting and Printmaking 
  • Michelle Morello – Photography
  • Mordecai Sennett – Photography
  • Nicole Ofiesh – Graphic Design and Painting 
  • Samantha Stickney – Presidential Creativity Award, Printmaking and Certificate of Merit
  • Sarah Bell – Printmaking
  • Sarah Burnham – Art History
  • Simone Robinson – Graphic Design
  • Wendy Lan – Graphic Design

About the Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts (CCPA) provides the arts explorer a singular destination to experience world-class guest artists and award-winning student and faculty performances in dance, music and theatre as well as art exhibitions and spoken word

events. The CCPA is committed to providing diverse, inclusive and affordable arts experiences to the communities on Boston’s north shore. Visit h ttps:// for calendar information.

About Salem State University

Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls about 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Known for the academic strength of its faculty, Salem State was named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2011 and for the 2016-2017 academic year. The university is designated a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education and a Best for Vets College by Military Times. Salem State proudly participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement and has shown a student voting rate well above the national average, earning the university a gold seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

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