Art MFA Faith Sponsler Wins First Keister & Allen Art Purchase Prize

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Faith Sponsler

June 2, 2017 - Faith Sponsler, a graduating studio art MFA student, is the first recipient of the Keister & Allen Art Purchase Prize. The award is a purchase of a student’s artwork for the collection of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

The award was announced at the opening of the “from this point forward” graduate student exhibition June 1.

Sponsler grew up in Mount Shasta and earned her undergraduate degree from Sacramento State.

For the exhibition, she created a large installation titled “Glass Mountain” that includes natural found materials and ink she made from oak galls.

“My relationship with nature and strong feelings of connection and disconnection are vital facets of my identity,” she said in her artist’s statement.

Sponsler will give a talk about her work at the museum June 4 at 2 p.m.

The award was endowed by Shaun Keister, UC Davis vice chancellor for development and alumni relations, and Walter Allen, business analyst in client services, information and educational technology. This award revives a longstanding and important UC Davis tradition that allows the museum to preserve the artistic legacy of its MFA students, many of whom have gone on to have a significant impact on the art world.