Delta AFA students honored at art exhibition

By Michael Piwowarski, photojournalist.

SAGINAW – From a teapot that looks like a fox to items made out of felted soap, from oil on canvas to graphite on paper, people enjoyed a wide variety of art on display at the 2018 Student Art Exhibition and Awards show.

Hosted by the Saginaw Warehouse Artist Guild – at its studio located at 1840 N. Michigan Ave. – the show featured artwork by Delta College students in the American Fine Arts program.

“We have a lot of serious students that are going on to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, one in College for Creative Studies in Detroit, another one got accepted into Grand Valley’s art program, just to name a few,” says Michael Glowacki, assistant professor of art at Delta College.

Garrett Weslock, the co-founder and executive director of SWAG, presented awards to students who were enrolled in the program. Delta Collegiate page designer Cody Wiedenbein was one of the recipients, winning a first place award for portfolio.

Erin Hartsell, who won an honorable mention award for ceramics at the show, says that the professors in the AFA program have been very helpful in achieving her goals.

“Plan out what you want to do and make sure that you’re doing something above and beyond every time,” says Hartsell. “It’s something you’ll be able to keep, and people will definitely appreciate looking at your work.”

The Saginaw Warehouse Artist Guild opened in December of 2016, and since then has offered opportunities for artists who are serious about their work to come and use the studio space to work on their art projects with other guild members. Both students and general artists are welcome.

Michael Glowacki says that future student exhibition shows will be hosted at different venues across the Great Lakes Bay Region and that next year’s show is likely to be hosted at Studio 23 in Bay City.

“After taking so many different classes in so many different areas, I’ve definitely discovered new talents that I didn’t know I had, and that’s really exciting,” says Ashley McNutt, first place winner for painting. “Once you really open yourself up to learning, it’s an incredible, eye-opening experience.”

Anyone who is interested in getting involved with SWAG can email them at [email protected]

List of award winners:

Best in Show – Jacob Szymanski

Juror’s Award – Tom Osborne

Painting – Ashley McNutt

Drawing – Jade LaCasse

Portfolio – Cody Wiedenbein

2D Design – Skylar Helvey

3D Design – Stephanie Janke

Photography – Arionna Store

Ceramics – Allison Vogel


Honorable mentions: Jen Boehler and Erin Hartsell

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