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The Phyllis and Gary Grebstein Memorial Fund in the Visual Arts Award Winner Announced
Thursday, 29 March 2012 10:12

Grebstein Award1Manhattanville College sophomore Darla Barolini Lawrence was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Phyllis and Gary Grebstein Memorial Fund in the Visual Arts Award.

Established in 1997 in memory of Phyllis Grebstein, BFA '86, and her son, Gary Grebstein, the fund provides for a yearly cash prize to be awarded to a sophomore or junior art major exhibiting high professional standards in the field of visual arts.

"I am very pleased and honored to have won. A lot of work went into the exhibit," said Barolini Lawrence.

Guest judge Diane Drescher considered the choice of medium, art material used, and how the pieces were structured when selecting the winners. Barolini Lawrence's work caught her attention through the way Barolini Lawrence approached heGrebstein Award2r material.

Drescher graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continued her art training at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Student's League of New York. Her work uses vivid colors, thick application of paint, and distinctive brushstrokes in her paintings.


(Photo: Barolini Lawrence and guest judge Diane Drescher. Credit: Oriana Gonzalez '14)

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Second place went to Joshua Johnston and third place went to Lauren Frank and Elizabeth Borgatti.

To be considered for the award, students had to first be proposed by the entire department faculty and then submit a portfolio consisting of 6 to 8 original works and an artist's statement. Digital images of other work were also submitted as additional support of qualification.

The rest of the candidates were:

Heather Brown

Barbara Carber

Giovanna Diamente

Oriana Gonzalez

Samantha Ianucci

Carly Ingles

Wenhao Li

Sarah Manders

Matthew Marano

Caitlin McMenamin

Victoria Ratjen