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2014 Annual Student Art Competition; Submissions Now Being Accepted

By Danielle Benedict, senior staff assistant for student services and academic support, Academic Affairs

March 28, 2014

It’s time for SUNY Empire State College’s 6th Annual Student Art Competition. Students are encouraged to submit artwork online to be reviewed by a committee of judges across the state. Any type/medium of art is accepted for judging, but it must be submitted as a two-dimensional electronic image and be appropriate in content in order to represent the college. 

The winning piece will be announced and the winner recognized at the annual Student Academic Conference this fall. The first place winner’s work will be printed in poster form and displayed throughout the college. First, second and third prize winners will receive a monetary award. In addition some travel assistance may be available for the top three finishers so they can attend the Student Academic Conference and showcase their winning pieces at the Art Show in October. 

Artwork for the 2014 competition is currently being accepted until May 9. Please check the Student Art Competition's website for information regarding content, frequently asked questions and the submission form. 

Oil on canvas, "Pleasure", by O'Donnell, Empire State College Recipient of the 2013 Student Art Competition AwardLast year’s winner, at left, titled “Pleasure,” by Stephen O’Donnell, was announced at the 2013 Student Academic Conference held in Queens, NY in October. In response to placing first, O’Donnell is quoted as saying: “I am truly humbled by this experience, I don’t feel worthy of such an honor. It was only two years ago this October that I picked up a paint brush, without ever having taken a lesson. What a fantastic journey. This, for me, has been a continuation of a lifelong spiritual journey, a path to self-discovery and self-improvement and to a deeper connection with the universe.” O’Donnell’s poster will be included in various publications and displayed across the college. You can read more about the event here: http://www.esc.edu/news/releases/2013/odonnell-wins-student-art-competition.html 

Also honored in the art competition, and receiving certificates and checks, were Richard Labonte from our Genesee Valley Center, in second place and third-place winner Yasmin Arif, from our Center for Distance Learning.

Honorable Mentions for the 2013 Art Competition went to two Center for Distance Learning students; Briana Horn, from Rochester, NY and Elizabeth Mago, from Wingdale, NY; and lastly Amy Morgan from our Hudson Valley Center; Newburgh Unit from Jeffersonville, N.Y.

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