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UT System Regents award UT Arlington student for exceptional work in the visual arts

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

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A University of Texas at Arlington student has received The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities for his exceptional work in the visual arts.

Photo from 'Beneath' by Bryce Bennett, UT Arlington

Bryce Bennett was recognized for outstanding two-dimensional work for his photographic series, Beneath and Inside Out. Bennett is a senior photography major who works as a photo lab technician in a work-study position at UT Arlington. He also teaches several photo workshops on behalf of the University.

“My time at UT Arlington has been marked by much growth not only as an artist, but also as an individual,” Bennett said. “I have found the art department at UT Arlington to cultivate an open-minded and diverse environment for a young artist, which has allowed my creativity and conceptual processes to progress in ways I had not thought possible.”

Beneath gives the viewer a unique perspective of the highway overpass underworld that is rarely experienced by driver or pedestrian, Bennett said.

UT Austin’s Zoe Berg also was recognized for outstanding three-dimensional work for an array of her Nordic-inspired performance, video and installation art.

Each student was awarded $1,500 to be deposited in the students’ respective academic departmental budget.

“The arts and humanities continue to be a profoundly important aspect of higher education, and the Board of Regents is thrilled to recognize the extraordinary talent at UT System,” said Regents chairman Gene Powell. “The Board congratulates this year’s winners for their tremendous contribution to the visual arts, and we wish them continued success as they promote the importance of innovative art at UT institutions.”

Established in February 2012, the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities will vary each year and commend students at UT System institutions excelling in one of four disciplines: musical arts, visual arts, poetry writing and short essays.

Visit www.utsystem.edu/offices/academic-affairs/regents-outstanding-student-awards-arts-and-humanities to learn more about the nomination, evaluation process and for details on future awards.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,800 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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