20th Annual Hokin Honors Exhibition

By Dannis Valera

The Hokin Honors Exhibition opened for its 20th year Thursday, Nov. 1, at Columbia’s C33 Gallery in the Congress building.

“The Honors show is always a highlight of our entire exhibition year here,” said Neysa Page-Lieberman, director of the Department of Exhibition & Performance Spaces. “We do over a dozen exhibitions every year and this is one we always look forward to.”

To get in the exhibition, students have to be nominated by a faculty member. The faculty member not only nominates the student, but also nominates specific pieces. From the nominations, DEPS narrows the selection down.

The selected pieces are judged by a panel of Chicago art professionals to determine the best pieces of the exhibit. DEPS gives the students of the selected pieces monetary awards, ranging from $150 to $500.

DEPS also buys a few pieces in the exhibition to put in their permanent collection.

“We invite collectors, curators, art critics—people in a variety of industries who we want to see our student work. We want them to see the students that are going to be the leaders in a variety of fields that are represented here,” said Page-Lieberman.

This year, fashion studies major Hayley Zimet won first place for a garment she made in her Fashion: Theory & Practice class. She was surprised she won.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Zimet. “I had a really great teacher and she encouraged me to do this, so I’m really glad I did it.”

The gallery will be up until Jan. 11 at the C33 Gallery. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.