Thirty-four talented state employees and their family members were recognized for their art work exhibited at the sixth annual National Arts Program®: Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition reception and awards ceremony held on Saturday, March 4. Featured speakers included the Honorable Secretary of State, Jeffrey W. Bullock and Delaware Division of the Arts Director, Paul Weagraff.
“It’s always refreshing to see our state employees in a new light, putting their talents on display and showing us a side of themselves that we don’t normally see in the workplace,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock. “I look forward to this art exhibition every year and I’m proud to be able to support and recognize the artistic accomplishments of these employees and their families.”
Twenty-eight awards were given out in five categories–Professional, Intermediate, Amateur, Teen (13-18 years old), and Youth (12 years and under). Other distinguished awards included the: Best in Show Award, People’s Choice Award (calculated by most number of “likes” on Facebook), Art Education Award (up to $200 reimbursement for arts instruction and materials), and four new Special Award categories.
Sixteen cash prizes totaling $3,250, 13 Honorable Mention ribbons, and four Special Award ribbons were awarded. Below is a list of all award winners who were recognized at the 2017 reception and awards ceremony.
Images of the artwork and reception & awards ceremony can be found on Flickr. The exhibition is open at the Delaware State University Art Center/Gallery until March 13.
Best of Show: Shari Dierkes, Clayton
People’s Choice Award: Harshana Sundaravelu, Middletown
Art Education Award: Harshana Sundaravelu, Middletown
Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing, 302-577-8280, email@example.com
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