80th Annual Student Show Jurors

The 80th Annual Student Show exhibition is the largest juried exhibition of work made by our students. 

Each year more than 400 works are submitted and only some of the works are selected by the judges to be displayed. The result is a breathtaking sampler of creativity and skilled artistic work from all walks of life, spanning years and years of art education inside the Indianapolis Art Center building. 

Like every year, this year we recruited the help of some of Indy's most amazing artists to help us decide what artwork should be displayed inside our galleries. 

We present you the 80th Annual Student Show Jurors:


Rebecca Zinc - Adult Division Juror
Rebecca Zink is from Indianapolis, IN. She received her BFA in Metalsmithing and Visual Communications from Ball State University in 2005 and completed her MFA in Metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The program’s Blacksmithing department strongly influenced her jewelry work through the application of industrial processes and materials alongside fine metals. While in graduate school, she received three grants from the SIU Windgate Charitable Foundation to assist in travel and project research. She also organized and managed the annual fundraising conference for her department and curated two national student metalsmithing exhibitions. Upon her completion of graduate school in 2017, Zinc was awarded the 2017-2018 Stutz Artist Association Residency. 




Benny Sanders - Adult Division Juror
Benny Sanders is a full time artist working in Indianapolis, IN. After graduating with a BFA in printmaking from Ball State University in 2006, Sanders took a break from artmaking and toured professionally with musical acts for over ten years. He is now a painter and he devotes his life to learning the history of art and how it can be allegorical through a technical narrative. He works in a representational, but loose and abstract manner, to create landscapes, portraits, figurative work and still lifes. Sanders has had 5 ambitious solo painting exhibitions since July 2016, he also opened a gallery and private painting lessons.




Emily Bennett - Youth Division Juror 
Emily is a sculptor from Terre Haute, IN. She received her MFA in May 2017 from Herron school of Art and Design where she now works as an adjunct professor. She is a fiber artist as well as a metalworker, and enjoys combining steel and fiber to create large scale participatory work that addresses comfort, identity and home. She has been featured in Fiber Art Now magazine, was awarded the Suzie Coles Memorial Grant from the Tippecanoe Arts Federation and was most recently awarded a full scholarship to attend the Cuttyhunk Island Residency.


For more information about the 80th Annual Student Show visit: http://www.indplsartcenter.org/studentsho

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