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ECC student earns Honorable Mention nod at annual SUNY art exhibit

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—Competing against submissions from students across the state, SUNY Erie Community College student Myunghee Kang earned Honorable Mention recognition for her hypnotic and multicolored oil painting, “Spring” as part of the SUNY Student Art Best of Show 2016-2017 exhibition. She will accept her award as part of the event’s reception and awards program, scheduled for June 1 at the SUNY System Administration Building in Albany, New York.

Kang’s work was one of six ECC student compositions submitted by Brian Porter, assistant professor of Fine Arts, in the fall of 2016 for the annual art show, which displays work throughout the hallways and corridors on the SUNY headquarters. Of the six, four of the submissions—by ECC students Cassandra Belden, Hannah Dwyer, Kang, and Elizabeth Russo—were chosen for the separate “Best of Show” category. Kang’s honor came with a $500 prize and was the most prestigious among the ECC group, which drew wide praise from its SUNY partners, and was led by the expert direction of Porter—who hosted a show of his own work throughout the same SUNY exhibition space in 2014.

Launched last fall, ECC’s Fine Arts A.S. degree is designed to facilitate transfer into four-year B.A. programs for Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art Education, and/or Photography; and provides students with an excellent foundation that focuses on developing observational/interpretative skills and proficiency in drawing, 2D and 3D design, painting, digital foundations, and photography. Students studying art engage in creative problem solving, critical thinking, sequential skill building and develop persistence and focus. These are all skills that help students excel whether they choose to continue their education or enter the workforce.

For more information on the program, please contact Department Chair/Professor Donna Fierle at or (716) 270-2683.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit or call (716) 851-1ECC.