"Mask," an oil painting by Alexa Snyder, is part of the body of work named best in show at the SEA Conference.
Several Millikin students were recognized for their work and received awards at the 12th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference held in Lisle, Ill., in February.
Junior studio art major Alexa Snyder of Springfield, Ill., received the best in show award and a $300 prize in the juried art competition. Senior Jess Black of Springfield, Ill., a studio art major, also received a juror's award and a $100 prize, and Anna Niebrugge of Effingham, Ill., also a senior and studio art major, was selected to present her work at the SEA Conference.
In addition, junior Peter Bushnell of Elmhurst, Ill., an entrepreneurship major, junior Amanda Sagan of Geneva, Ill., a graphic design major, and senior Favian Lobo of Decatur, an art major, were awarded second place and a $500 prize in the SEA business plan competition for their T-shirt and design business. The students began their business, Stencil-Vania Shirt Co., in fall 2011 as part of Millikin's "The Art of Entrepreneurship" course.
According to its website, the SEA conference provides educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain careers as independent artists. More than 500 students from dozens of colleges attended to learn about the business skills, market knowledge, networking and resources needed to succeed as a professional artist.
Visit www.selfemploymentinthearts.com for more information.