Art Award

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 23, 1996

Student Wins WWW Art Grant

A UW-River Falls student has won an unusual World Wide Web art contest that will lead to a world-wide showing. Wendy Olson of River Falls was awarded nearly $2,100 in art supplies to create an artwork piece that will be mounted on the Internet through the Liquitex Student Paint Exchange Program.

Olson received the award for her submission to Liquitex in which she outlined her proposed artwork. The entry explained that Olson proposed to create a 70-by-90-inch quilt of family portraits. Each panel will display items significant to that particular person. Olson went on to explain that there will be nine panels of acrylic paint on glass that then would be transferred to fabric. The panels would be sewn together and completed with embroidery, ribbons, lace, additional paint, and more. The surface of her quilt will be built up in numerous layers of paint and gloss medium.

Art Professor Don Miller told his students about the paint exchange program and encouraged Olson to submit a proposal. "She is the first student at UW-RF to receive this type of award," says Miller.

Each month Liquitex sets aside $10,000 in paint to encourage artists in their development. Participants must be a student enrolled in an art course at an accredited school. Olson was one of 12 students to recieve the award in April.

The Liquitex Exchange was developed as a means for students artists to display their artwork on the Internet. When Olson completes her work by July, a 4-by-6-inch picture of the quilt will be taken will be "hung" in the Liquitex Internet Gallery. The World Wide Web site is accessible to an estimated 30 million viewers in over 110 nations.

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