Student Arts Awards

Arts NC State recently conferred the annual Performing, Creative and Visual Arts Awards, and 13 NC State students were honored for their accomplishments during the 2018-2019 academic year. The awards were presented by Arts NC State executive director Rich Holly at a ceremony on November 1.

These awards celebrate NC State University students from across the university’s colleges who exhibit extraordinary creativity and mastery of their craft. The Creative Artist Award recognizes students who have written, composed or choreographed an outstanding piece of original theatre, music or dance, while the Performing Artist Awards are given to exceptional student performers. The Visual Artist Award honors NC State students for artwork submitted for the annual Student Art Sale each spring.

The Creative Artist Award recipients are Olivia Prevost (nutrition science) in dance for choreography of Why Can’t You See Me?; Katie Quinn (conservation biology) in dance for choreography of Strings; Bassam Bikdash (mechanical engineering) in music for a composition titled Fantasia- Notturna, Op. 2, No. 2.

The Performing Artist Award recipients are Isa Cortes (psychology) and Hannah Monroe (biological and agricultural engineering) in dance; Nicholas Murphy (materials science and engineering), Coleridge Nash (applied mathematics and physics) and Will Shen (statistics) in music; and Ryan Vasconcellos (communication: media) in theatre.

The Visual Artist Award recipients are Abram Magaldi (industrial design) and Heike Schneider (art + design) for a joint submission collage, Orange Vanilla; Britney Symone (graphic design) for her artwork titled Dark Skin Holds History; and Téa Blumer (art + design) for her artwork titled Sushi Sculpture.

The Creative, Performing and Visual Artist Awards are made possible by the NC State University Foundation, the Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf Endowment for Creativity in the Performing Arts, the Roxanne Hicklin Visual Artist Award Endowment, and Arts NC State.

To learn more about the student arts awards and this year’s recipients, see

This article was originally published in the spring 2020 issue of #creativestate, the official magazine of Arts NC State.