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From left, CCC&TI student John Thomas Whitfield of Boone, third-place winner in the N.C.
Community College Art Excellence Awards; CCC&TI President Ken Boham; and CCC&TI/Caldwell
Early College student Amelia Hawkins of Lenoir, recipient of an Academic Excellence Award,
pose for a photo at the N.C. Community Colleges Excellence Event on April 19 in Raleigh.
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Originally published: 2012-05-04 10:50:44
Last modified: 2012-05-04 10:53:19

Boone college student wins statewide art award

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute was well-represented April 19 at a statewide event highlighting the accomplishments within North Carolina’s community college system.

The second annual “Great Within The 58” North Carolina Community Colleges Excellence Event took place at the Raleigh Convention Center. 

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute student John Thomas Whitfield of Boone placed third in the N.C. Community Colleges Art Excellence Awards. 

The mixed media piece, titled “Post Horizon #1,” is now on display at the NCCCS office in Raleigh.

The piece was chosen based on artistic excellence, level of craftsmanship and conceptual innovation from more than 200 submissions from 56 of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges.

Whitfield is originally from Mississippi, but moved to the Boone area in 2004 to be closer to his brother, a local sculptor. 

He says he has always been an aspiring artist and plans to finish his degree in the fall at Appalachian State University. 

For “Post Horizon #1,” Whitfield said he found inspiration in nontraditional techniques. 

“The piece came out of a decision to reject traditional lines, instead relying on a technique known as stippling, which simply means that I am using many dots of various sizes in order to create the images,” he said.
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