Art instructor’s ‘VVG2’ wins contest at state conference


Ken Luce, longtime art instructor at the North campus, recently placed first in an art competition at the Texas Association of Schools of Art Conference, held at St. Edward’s University in Austin.

Ken Luce

Colleges and universities that had entries in the contest included Texas A&M Corpus Christi, University of Texas-San Antonio, Midwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas State University, Hardin-Simmons University, Lamar University, St. Edward’s University, Paris Junior College, Trinity Valley Community College, Brazosport College, El Centro College, Amarillo College, McMurray University, and Sul Ross State University.

The name of the show was “One Cube Foot Exhibition” because all artwork had to be 12” x 12” or smaller. The title of Mr. Luce’s winning artwork is “VVG2” (Vincent Van Gogh, second in the series).

Although Mr. Luce received no prize, trophy, or ribbon in the contest, he did earn considerable peer recognition, and yet another impressive addition to his already extensive and impressive portfolio.

The competition was judged by the guest lecturer at the conference, Robert Hite, a well-known working artist, who attended Virginia Commonwealth University and The Corcoran School of Art.

So, how did Mr. Luce get the inspiration for the winning artwork? “I had found a tiny wooden shoe and part of an old wooden pipe. I thought wooden shoe…pipe…Van Gogh!”

Congratulations Ken on your outstanding accomplishment.