The Department of Art and Design at Mississippi University for Women recently recognized students at the annual Juried Art Exhibition Awards ceremony.

“The Art and Design faculty are proud of our students featured in this year’s student exhibition. Their time commitment, hard work and artistic skills are evident in the works displayed,” said Shawn Dickey, chair of the Department of Art and Design.

For the annual exhibition, approximately 120 pieces were displayed in the MUW Galleries. The exhibition was open to any student who took an art class at The W during the last calendar year and required for all art majors. Art and Design faculty members served as jurors.

Awards were given for each medium of art, for specific works of art that were ranked according to artistic excellence. The highlight of the ceremony, however, was the announcement of the Overall Achievement Awards. These awards are always voted upon by the department faculty, who consider not only the artwork on display but also the students’ performance in their classes.

First through third place winners received scholarship funds for the next academic year. Awards and scholarships were announced at the annual ceremony that was held Tuesday, Feb. 21.


Overall Achievement Award

            1st– Makaio Johnson

            2nd– Reggi Pech

            3rd– Katelyn Lowe

            Honorable Mention (HM)- Aven Norwood           


Makaio Johnson

            1st– Makaio Johnson

            2nd- Honor Brown

            3rd– Makaio Johnson

            HM- Sarah Barnes

            HM- Jordan Taylor Drawing


            1st– Katelyn Lowe

            2nd– Jordan Taylor

            HM- Nakhiya Smith

Graphic Design

            1st– Jordan Taylor

            2nd– Cristian Aguiniga-Arroyo

            3rd– Reggi Pech

            HM- Reggi Pech

HM- Jordan Taylor

HM- Katelyn Lowe

Kenya Sanders
Kenya Sanders


            1st– Kenya Sanders

            2nd– Reggi Pech

            3rd– Makaio Johnson

            HM- Reggi Pech

HM- Kenya Sanders

HM- Katelyn Lowe


            1st– Izzy Poros

            2nd– Shelby Russell

            3rd– Izzy Poros

            HM- Izzy Poros

            HM- Romiarale Thomas

Sarah Barnes

Illustration/ Digital Imaging

            1st– Makaio Johnson

            2nd– Jordan Taylor

            3rd– Jordan Taylor

            HM- Reggi Pech


            1st– Sarah Barnes

            2nd– Hailey Hardy

            3rd– Aven Norwood


            1st– Aven Norwood

            2nd– Aven Norwood

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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