FMU photography professor wins art competition | News

FLORENCE, S.C. — Julie Mixon, a Francis Marion University professor of photography, won first place in the 2021 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition.

Mixon received the $1,000 prize for her image transfer work, “Envelop(e).”

Juror Margaret Curtis, an artist from Tryon, North Carolina, likened Mixon’s piece to an elegant mathematical theorem, calling it “a simple idea, beautifully realized.”

A second-place prize of $600 went to competition newcomer Jasmine Baetz of Hartsville. Baetz’s work has been exhibited all over the eastern United States, Colorado and British Columbia. She received her B.A. in religious studies from the University of Toronto, her B.F.A. in 3D fine arts from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston and her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Third place ($250) went to Treelee MacAnn of Myrtle Beach for her 21-color screen print “X Marks the Spot.” MacAnn is a veteran of the regional competition and a recently retired professor from the art department at Coastal Carolina University.

Honorable Mention ($100) was given to Alyssa Reiser Prince for her abstract expressionist painting, “Found.”

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The Pee Dee Regional has been presented annually since 1954 and is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state.

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