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Employee Art Show Winners Announced

Employee Art Show Winners Announced

A Duke informatics educator wins “Best in Show” for his photo from the State Fair

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Duke informatics educator Michael Palko won the 37th Duke Employee Art Show's "Best in Show" distinction for his photo, "At the Fair."

Durham, NC - The sun was setting over the North Carolina State Fair when Michael Palko noticed how rising smoke from crisping turkey legs curled in the twilight. Unnoticed by a nearby cook, Palko held up his iPhone and snapped a photo.

The black and white image, now framed in an Arts & Health at Duke gallery in Duke Hospital, won “Best in Show” Wednesday in the 37th Duke Employee Art Show.

“I was absolutely floored,” said Palko, a Duke informatics educator with Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development. “The opportunity to have a forum like this and put your work on display, that’s why I do it. It’s not for the prizes. It’s so people can enjoy it.”

The Employee Art Show is organized by Arts & Health at Duke, which brings arts programming to the Health System. Duke employees, retirees, immediate family members of Duke employees, and Duke Hospital volunteers submitted artwork this year, ranging from paintings and photography to jewelry and pottery.

At the Fair
Michael Palko's "Best in Show" piece, "At the Fair."

All 141 entries are now on display through May 2 in four exhibit spaces across the medical campus. All participants received a certificate, and $2,400 in cash prizes was awarded to the winners.

The judges were former Duke Eye Center arts coordinator Betty Haskin, Durham photographer Eleanor Mills, and Raleigh painter Eric McRay. They spent five hours deliberating on who would take top prizes in the Best in Show, Professional, Intermediate, Amateur, Teen and Youth categories.

“It’s amazing to see all of the various talents people have here, how many people submitted work and how varied the departments were that they came from,” said Jennifer Collins-Mancour, Arts & Health at Duke’s visual arts program coordinator. “It’s fun to see the energy it brings to the participants and how they can be seen in a different light from their everyday work atmosphere.”

Here are the winners of the 37th Duke Employee Art Show:

Best in Show
At the Fair, Michael Palko

Professional
1st – Jewel Trail, Michelle Minah
2nd – Knit to Felted Gray Purse, Paul Figuerado
3rd – Mountain View, Arienne C. Pulliam
Honorable Mention – FLICKERLAND (Series 1) #4360, Shawn Rocco
Honorable Mention – Empty Word, Tedd Anderson
Honorable Mention – Sad Crude Day, Joanne Penning
Honorable Mention – Under Spokane, Ben Bridgers

Intermediate
1st – Portrait of the Abbot, Marilyn Telen
2nd- Woven: An examination of traditional woven textiles through quilting., Rebeka Branagan
3rd – Tooled Leather Art Journal Cover, Robin Kirwan
Honorable Mention – Cactus, Yuliya Lokhnygina
Honorable Mention – Playin It, Teresa Fowler
Honorable Mention – Pomegranate in Bloom, Tulay Yilmaz-Swenson
Honorable Mention – Deep Sea Symphony: A Study in Bioluminescence, Reneaue Railton
Honorable Mention – What a Time, to be Alive, Lauren Segalla
Honorable Mention – Illusion, Suzette Ervin

Amateur
1st – After the Quake in Nepal, Michel Landry
2nd – Untitled, Megan Gillum
3rd – Hidden Sun, Janice Thalman

Teen
1st – Under the Big Top, Madison Railton
2nd – A Mothers Love, Ashlyn Scoggins
3rd – Ice Race, Alyssa Suhocki

Youth
1st – Buzzy, Ava Ramsey
2nd – Rex, Garrett Allison
3rd – Painted Feathers, Leanna Tunney

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