Chancellor Zimpher Announces “Best of SUNY” Student Art Awards

June 10, 2014

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 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 August 31.

“We are deeply proud to have our Best of SUNY art exhibition on display at the New York State Museum again this year,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Showcasing our top student works from the past year, this annual exhibit has become a must-see attraction for those who live in Albany as well as the museum’s many visitors from across the state and nation. Congratulations to all of this year’s contributors.”

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, sculpture, photography, and printmaking are included, as well as mixed media, photography sculpture and digitally produced works are included.

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

  • Denise Drever, Columbia Green Community College
  • Takuya Okawara, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Sadi Rebsch, Westchester Community College

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

  • Kyle Breitenbach, Purchase College
  • Jennifer Carlone, Adirondack Community College
  • Henry Glavin, SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University
  • Minori Sakai, Rockland Community College

A complete list of the artists featured in the SUNY exhibition and a collection of photos are available online.

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, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three 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 opportunities, visit

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