Outstanding Student Awards 2023, Part 3 (of 3)
July 28, 2023
The winners of SDA’s Outstanding Student Awards were recently announced for the students who have demonstrated excellence in fiber arts. The work of these artists embodied inventive and innovative use of technique, materials and concepts not only in fibers and textiles, but in printmaking, sculpture, and more. It is an honor for the Education Committee to be able to see student work, review it, and learn more about the personal and societal issues they are tackling through their work. We will be spotlighting OSA students every Friday in July, please feel free to follow them and support their art practices. Check out the last two week’s OSA Spotlights: Part 1 | Part 2. Congratulations to all 39 awardees!
Megan Dehner (she/her), Pieces, 2022. Screenprinted fabric, with ink and thread, 42 x 120 inches. Photo by the artist. Graduate, University of Iowa. @megdehner
Madison Casalino (she/they), Ephemeral, 2023. Naturally dyed and taprestry woven wool, silk, cotton and wood, printed and silk embroidered, 52 x 26.3 inches. Photo by the artist. Graduate, Sheridan College. asolidrighthook.myportfolio.com | @asolidrighthook
Maisie McDonald (she/her), Senior Collection-Convergence By Play, 2023. Hand brushed mohair on a hand knitting machine with knit shaping, 72 x 48 inches. Photo: Liam Liao. Undergraduate, Cornell University. @maisiemcdonald
Ellery Ekleberry (she/her), I Always Feel Better Once We’re Together, Embraced in Each Other, 2022. Custom designed wallpaper with coil built ceramic, sewn fabric form, and hand bent steel with hand upholstered cover, 56 x 41 x 42. Photo by the artist. Graduate, University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. ElleryEkleberry.com | @Ellerysarts
Allie Dettmann (they/them), The Things We Carry, 2023. Quilted, patchworked, embroidered luggage handles, cardboard, upcycled fabric, yarn, and thread, small: 17 x 11.5 x 4, medium: 19 x 12.75 x 4.25 inches, large: 22.5 x 15.75 x 6.25 inches. Photo: Wyatt Junnila. Undergraduate, Savannah College of Art and Design. dettmanndesigns.com | @dettmanndesigns
Jessy Fearnow (she/her), Enmeshed (detail), 2022. Sewn and needle felted wool, cotton, satin, yarn, Polyfil, and steel wire mesh, 48 x 48 inches. Photo by the artist. Undergraduate, Herron School of Art and Design. @mistresssteel13
Alyssa Ruby (she/her), Abode, 2022. Embroidered and felted wool with sequins, thread, embroidery floss, paper, and gold leaf, 12 x 11 x 16 inches. Photo by the artist. Graduate, Savannah College of Art and Design. alyssaruby.com | @bluebunnyruby
Sarah Landmesser (she/her), Valentine’s Day, 2023. Painted with ink, acrylic and house paint, 78 x 392 inches. Photo by the artist. Undergraduate, University of Georgia. sarahlandmesser.com | @sarahlandmesser
Lilla Rosenberg (she/her), Forested Foliage Collection, 2022. Painted digital repeat pattern with gouache, Photoshop, dimensions vary. Photo by the artist. Undergraduate, Savannah College of Art and Design. himzes.cargo.site | @himz.es
Manasi Eswarapu (she/they), Marble Birch Basket, 2023. Basket woven melted plastic bags, 6 x 10 inches. Photo by the artist. Undergraduate, Thomas Jefferson University. manasike.com | @manasi.k.e
Laura Graham (she/her), Looking Up Looking Back, 2023. Hand and rust dyed, hand printed, raw edge collaged, and free motion quilted fabric, tea bags, Lutradur, acrylic paint, silk organza, interfacing, thread, 88 x 39 inches. Photo by the artist. 2nd year (final), Gillian Cooper Studio. @lauragrahamquilts
X. E. Byrdlee (they/them), I’ve Nothing Left to Give You, 2023. Fabric, relief printing and laser engraving on fabric, 21 22 inches. Photo by the artist. Undergraduate, University of north Texas. @xebyrdlee
For more information check out the Grants & Outstanding Student Awards page.