57th Annual Voertman Competition Winners

UNT ArtSpace Dallas
May 15, 2017 to July 26, 2017

Award winners of the annual Voertman Competition, a juried exhibition of art by UNT students since 1960.

Bre Ferrara
Grayson Chandler
Gretchen Vickers
Horacio Casillas
Jae-Eun Suh
Taylor-McCall Sowers
Vincent Fisher


Gallery Hours
Monday-Wednesday, 10am – 2pm

About the Exhibition

The annual Voertman Student Art Competition is a time-honored celebration of artistic excellence and promise at the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. The competition was started in 1960 by Denton business man and arts collector, Mr. Paul Voertman, in honor of his mother and to connect aspiring young artists with a voice beyond their faculty members. The Voertman family founded and operated Voertman’s Teachers College Store near the UNT campus in 1925. Voertman’s store continues to sponsor the exhibition today, now in its 57th year.

The competition was juried by Cindy Strauss, the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design for The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The thirty artists selected represent a cross section of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. This extended exhibition comprises artworks from each recipient of this year’s awards:

1st Prize:
Bre Ferrara, Sophomore, Fashion Design

2nd Prize:
Gretchen Vickers, Senior, Photography

3rd Prize:
Horacio Casillas, Graduate, Ceramics

Honorable Mentions:
Vincent Fisher, Junior, Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Taylor-McCall Sowers, Senior, Drawing & Painting
Jae-Eun Suh, Freshman, Visual Arts Studies
Grayson Chandler, Junior, Drawing & Painting

About the Juror

Cindi Strauss is the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design and Assistant Director, Programming at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She received her B.A. with honors in art history from Hamilton College and her M.A. in the history of decorative arts from the Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons School of Design. At the MFAH, Cindi is responsible for the acquisition, research, publication, and exhibition of post-1900 decorative arts, design, and craft. Recent exhibitions include Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection (2014); Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection (2012); Liquid Lines: Exploring the Language of Contemporary Metal (2011); and Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection (2008). She has authored or contributed to catalogues and journals on decorative arts and design topics and has been a frequent lecturer at museums nationwide.


Cash prizes for this exhibition are sponsored by Voertman's store.