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May 2012 News Releases

Mulvane presents awards to art students

Three Washburn University students have received awards from the Mulvane Art Museum and the Washburn University art department for their work featured in the annual art department exhibit on display at the Museum until June 3.

Michael D. Allen, of Topeka, is the recipient of the 2012 Charles & Margaret Pollak Award for his piece “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil” which will be added to the Museum’s permanent collection. The Charles & Margaret Pollak Award is the most prestigious and highly recognized art award given annually to a Washburn Art Department Student. The award was initiated in 1973 by the late Charles and Margaret Pollak because of their great interest in the visual arts.

Alex Olson, of Topeka, is the recipient of the 2012 Joan B. Foth Award for her piece “Where Icarus Landed.” This award was initiated in 2011 by the Mulvane Art Museum in honor of the late Joan B. Foth, a former adjunct instructor at Washburn whose work is found in collections at the Wichita Art Museum and the Beach Museum at Kansas State University.

Kaylee Hesse, of Topeka, received the 2012 Topeka Branch of the National League of Pen Women Award for her piece “Untitled 2.” The League is an arts advocate which provides outreach programs in many communities, promoting literary, educational, and charitable activities in the fields of art, letters and music.

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