Chancellor Zimpher Announces Best of SUNY Student Art Awards

June 19, 2013

Albany — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced the winners of this year’s Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition, which showcases work by the top student artists from across SUNY. Students received the awards at a reception Tuesday at the State Museum in Albany, where the exhibit is on display through September 15.

“The Best of SUNY art exhibition showcases works created by our top student artists from colleges and universities across New York over the past year,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “This annual exhibit at the Museum has become a must-see attraction in our state's capital city. Congratulations to each of this year's winners and to all of the students with art on display in this exhibit.”

The juried Best of SUNY exhibit features artworks chosen by individual art departments across SUNY's 64 campuses. The traditional areas of drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography sculpture and digitally produced works are included.

Three Best Of SUNY student artists will receive $1,000 scholarships. They are:

  • Julianna Brazill, SUNY New Paltz, A Museum of Nostalgia
  • Yugan Chen, Westchester Community College, Ink Motion
  • Michael Santiago, Rockland Community College, “Hipster Frida”

Honorable Mention awards of $500 were also given to four students. They are:

  • Lauren Britton, Purchase College, Sinking Ship
  • Michael Capobianco, SUNY Old Westbury, On the Line
  • Jonathon Lalonde, SUNY Potsdam, Large stone slab on dark metal base
  • Matthew Moran, Farmingdale State College, Cardboard Dung Beetle

The SUNY student art shows were initiated in 2002 so that the work of SUNY's most talented student artists would be seen by a wider audience. SUNY student art is also on display year-round at State University Plaza in Albany, SUNY Global Center in New York City, and Governor Cuomo's Washington, DC office.

About the State Museum
The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department's Office of Cultural Education. Located on Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is free. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website at

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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