A City College student won first place at the Oct. 27 Students with Disabilities Art Show at Folsom Lake College.
Tim Tiff, 51, entered the art show for the first time this year. He took home the top prize for “best of show” based on six of his submitted pieces of artwork. Tiff received a $300 scholarship.
“I’m thrilled, I’m actually surprised, really,” said Tiff, major unknown. “It’s kind of like if you have a wife that gave birth, I mean, what do you say? I’m kind of speechless right now, which is unusual for me. I’m very thrilled I think my instructors will be very happy for me too.”
Tiff said he was going to enter last year’s show, but something came up and he didn’t end up entering. He gave it a shot this year after being encouraged by his City College art professor Anne Gregory.
“I think he’s smart and talented,” Gregory said. “I’m very happy that he won. He deserves it.”
Disabled Students Programs & Services coordinator for Folsom Lake Tim McHargue said that this year’s show was a huge success with over 160 pieces of art submitted.
“I don’t have exact numbers, but more people attended than I’ve ever seen,” McHargue said. “We were thrilled to showcase student art and to celebrate their accomplishments. We look forward to next year’s event.”
Gregory said she encouraged Tiff to enter the art show after she saw him downtown one day and approached him.
“For a lot of younger students, their work is more shallow, but his work is very deep,” Gregory said. “Not only that, he worked hard to make the medium work for him so he could say what he wanted to say with his work. I thought his work turned out to be beautiful, so I wanted to encourage him [to enter].”
Tiff said he got into art as a way to express himself after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the military. In addition, Tiff became an amputee after he collided with a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike in Oak Park.
“After all the surgeries, when they told me they would have to take the leg off I decided I would rethink my life and make some changes and not let this hold me back,” Tiff said. “So I thought I’d get more into artwork which has been very helpful to me, emotionally.”