Students Lorraine (Lori) Santer and Richard Isaac Cain are the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation Art Award 2014 recipients. Each received a $500 purchase award for their work to be included in WVU at Parkersburg Foundation’s permanent art collection. The money for these awards is provided by the Harrison Memorial Fund.
Santer’s oil on wood painting titled “Northern Lights” and Cain’s stoneware clay sculpture titled “Frog on Lily Pad” are now in the WVU Parkersburg permanent art collection. The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation Board of Directors honored the artists on June 23. Both works were created at the college under the instruction of professor Beth Cox and assistant professor Zachary Orcutt.
Cain is a computer technician who received his bachelor’s degree from WVU Parkersburg in December 2013. As a student, Cain worked part-time as a certified nursing assistant at Camden Clark Medical Center and taught technology classes for Lifetime Partners, a joint program between Camden Clark and WVU Parkersburg’s Workforce and Community Education division. Santer’s work has been featured in several art shows, including those held at WVU, the Cultural Center and the Parkersburg Art Center. The award-winning piece by Cain was one of the first he completed. He has since finished many other works.
Santer is also an advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities. Santer is an active member of People First of West Virginia, whose mission is to promote self-advocacy of people with disabilities and has been a presenter at The Very Spectacular Arts Festival for the last six years. The festival offers arts activities to children with disabilities.
These awards are given each spring, and the collection is on display throughout the college.