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Sweet Briar House at Sweet Briar College in Amherst County, Va. (Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce/The News & Advance)

By From Staff Reports

Six Sweet Briar College students from various disciplines were awarded prizes this year by the Sweet Briar College Friends of Art.

Amelia Mendelsohn, a studio art and art history double major from Kingsland, Georgia, was given the VCCA Internship Award, a paid summer internship offered to an incoming or graduating senior at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; she will work on organizing the VCCA Fellows Art Collection and documenting all the pieces in it, while also staffing events and providing front desk support, according to a news release.

Phoenix Brown, a studio art and archaeology double major from Greensboro, was the recipient of the Studio Art Prize, valued at $500, for her acrylic painting “She Hasn’t Told Me Her Name Yet.” Each year, Sweet Briar students are invited to submit original visual art in any medium recently created and inspired by any work in the Sweet Briar art collection, according to the release.

The Writing Prize, also valued at $500, went to classics and studio art double major and art history minor Jordan Elliott of Canal Winchester, Ohio. The prize is awarded to a student who submits an original writing inspired by work in the college’s art collection; Elliott’s piece was about artist Helen Frankenthaler, drawing specific attention to a print called “Tiger’s Eye,” according to the release.

The 2019 Multidisciplinary Prize, given to original creative work in any form or medium inspired by art in the college collection, was awarded to Virginia Beach native and recent music grad Corin Diaz for a song called “If We All Loved,” inspired by Barbara Miñarro’s installation in the college’s Pannell Gallery during the fall of 2018.

The Museum Internship Award, valued at $2,500, was awarded to two students: Hayley Kirby, a mathematics major and English and creative writing minor from Altavista, and Olympia LeHota, a B.F.A. candidate and double major in art history and dance who is pursuing an Arts Management Certificate, from Asheville, North Carolina.

The prize supports students in an internship at a museum off campus. Host museums may be any size and may be located anywhere in the world, must have at least one professional staff member and be dedicated to collecting, preserving and/or exhibiting visual arts or historical artifacts, according to the news release.

Kirby is working at Avoca Museum in Altavista, while LeHota is interning at the Biltmore Summer Internship Program in Asheville.

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