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September 23, 2013

Winners Named in 2013 Art on the Hill Art Competition

Pictured are, front rom from left: John Hammer, second place; Michelle Hammond Bradsher, third place; Jacob Purdum, best in show; and Virgil Lampton, first place. Back from, from left: Denny Schmickle, RSU associate professor and head of the Department of Fine Arts, and Gary Moeller, RSU professor of fine arts.

Pictured front row from left: John Hammer, second place; Michelle Hammond Bradsher, third place; Jacob Purdum, best in show; and Virgil Lampton, first place. Back row from left: Denny Schmickle, RSU associate professor and head of the Department of Fine Arts, and Gary Moeller, RSU professor of fine arts.

Jacob Purdom of Tulsa and Ashley Ghazal of Skiatook High School earned best in show honors during the 2013 Art on the Hill event held Sept. 20-21 at Rogers State University in Claremore.

Purdom, a Bartlesville High School graduate and RSU multimedia senior, earned the best in show designation from the judge, internationally recognized graphic designer Robynne Raye of Modern Dog Design Co. in Seattle, Wash.

Raye was on-campus for both days of the event, participating in artist demonstrations and giving a gallery talk about the exhibition of her works now on display in RSU's Foundations Gallery.

Winners in the adult artist categories were: Virgil Lampton of Claremore, first place; John Hammer, also of Claremore, second place; and Michelle Hammond Bradsher of Oologah, third place.


Dallas Jackson, 7, of Claremore won a bicycle during a Saturday afternoon drawing held in conjunction with the Art on the Hill children's coloring contest.

In the student category, Ghazal earned best of show. Cayla Ray of Claremore High School won first place; Peter Mascio of Claremore High School, second place; and Haley Snowden of Bartlesville High School, third place.

Now in its fourth year, the Art on the Hill art show and sale is a celebration of fine arts in northeastern Oklahoma. The two-day festival featured the art show, live music, theatre performances from RSU Theatre and Tulsa Repertory Musicals, children's activities and more. Proceeds from the event support fine arts scholarships for area students.

Dallas Jackson, 7, of Claremore won a bicycle during a Saturday afternoon drawing held in conjunction with a children's coloring contest. Jackson is the son of Anjanette and Glen Jackson of Claremore. Several hundred children attended the two-day festival for the performance of Tulsa Repertory Musicals' "Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business," as well as participating in the children's art activities.

Art on the Hill was sponsored by Master sponsors: Bill Beierschmitt, Oklahoma Arts Council and Ludmila Robson; Aficionado sponsors: AT&T, Cherokee Nation Business and Will Rogers Downs, Key Construction, RCB Bank, and Larry and Peggy Rice; and Apprentice Sponsors: Cindy and Jim Smith & Musgrove/Merriott Smith Funeral Service, Donna and Tony Schenck & Pryor Printing Inc., and WalMart.

View photos from the weekend events.

For more information, visit www.rsu.edu/ArtOnTheHill.