October 16, 2012

Jenn Crissey Wins Top Prize at 2012 Student Academic Conference Art Competition

Winning entry "Beauty in Vision" acrylic on canvass by Jenn Crissey

"The Beauty of Vision" by Jenn Crissey

‌(BUFFALO, N.Y. – Oct. 16, 2012) Jenn Crissey, a current student at SUNY Empire State college’s School for Graduate Studies, earned the top prize for the art competition  at the eighth annual 2012 Student Academic Conference (StAC) for her work “The Beauty of Vision,” an acrylic painting on canvas.

In addition to Crissey, five other students garnered awards for their art.

“One of my roles as acting president is to brag about our college – and tonight I thank you for making that part of my job easy!” Acting President Meg Benke said in presenting the awards.

SUNY Trustee Eunice A. Lewin and Benke were on hand to present Crissey with a framed poster of her work, copies of which will be hung throughout the college, a certificate and a check.

“I was honored,” said Crissey. “As part of my degree program I get to (express) visual responses to what I have learned. So when I saw a diagram of the eyes connected to the visual part of the brain, I wanted to make that beautiful.”

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin, left and Acting President Benke flank the winner of student art competition Jenn Crissey.  Crissey received a frame poster of her work "Beauty in Vision," a certificate and a check.

Trustee Lewin, left and Acting President Benke, right flank Jenn Crissey

Crissey, who earned a bachelor's degree in art education from Buffalo State College, says she plans on graduating in August with her master’s from Empire State College.  She has her teaching certificate and experience in the classroom and hopes to become a full-time art teacher.

Metropolitan Center student Takako Martinez work, "Treasures" earned second place at the 2012 Student Academic Conference Student Art Competition

"Treasures" by Takako Martinez

‌Also honored in the art competition, and receiving certificates and checks, were Takako Martinez, in second place, and third-place winner Taylor Hudnell, both from the Metropolitan Center. Honorable Mentions for the 2012 Art Competition went to Center for Distance Learning students Christopher Ignatowicz,  from Ottawa; Catherine Laccetti,  from Voorheesville; and Heather Piper from Honeoye Falls.

Center for Distance Learning student Catherine Laccetti receives her award certificate from Acting President Benke for her honorable mention in the Student Art Competition

Catherine Laccetti and Acting President Benke

‌“I think we can all agree that the artwork displayed here this evening is breathtaking,” said Lewin. “It is clear that the imagination of our students knows no bounds. Thank you for sharing your artwork with us, and thank you to the SUNY faculty who have helped our students unleash their imagination in such creative and inspiring ways.”

 About the Student Art Competition

After serious debate and deliberation, a panel of six highly qualified judges from across the state -- which included arts faculty, administrators and a person from the arts community outside of the college -- chose three winning pieces as well as three honorable mentions. The finalists demonstrated a wide range of skill and talent. The six winning pieces represented a variety of art media that include paintings, an image created in 3DS Max, a 3D modeling program, photography and collages. 

The ceremony was a one of the highlights of StAC, which featured sessions for participants on topics such as evaluating public history exhibits, digital and multimedia technology and their impact on audiences, community-based theater for social change, students and credit card debt, conflict and provocation in mediated disputes, animal hoarding, and the fabric of self-leadership and success, among others.

About Eunice Lewin

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin at addresses the college community at the 2012 Student Academic Conference Student Art Competition.

Trustee Lewin

‌State University of New York Trustee  Eunice Lewin is a Buffalo-area resident who is commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; a founding member of Roswell Park Alliance; and a member of Buffalo Urban League, Hispanic United of Buffalo and the Canisius College Board of Regents. She is also a member of the Erie County Chapter of Links and Hispanic Women’s League, and is an originator of the Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival. 


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