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The Art Foundation faculty in the School of Design has started a bi-monthly art competition as a way for students to show their skills outside of the classroom. The first Art Foundation challenge was to make a drawing of a hand holding an object. Student entries were hung in the hallway in the School of Design and judged by faculty.

There were 10 entries to the competition. “The judges had a difficult time choosing as there were so many strong drawings,” says Jeffrey Marshall, Associate Professor of Art Foundations. The winner of this first challenge is Mariel LaBrecque, a sophomore in the Game Art program, whose image of a hand holding a glass frog was a standout among the many excellent entries.  Shawn, in the Mount Ida Bookstore donated a gift card to the winner.

 “I had a lot of fun entering this contest and working on this piece. The most difficult part for me was trying to capture the reflective quality of the glass frog. It was a great foundation challenge that had us practicing real skills in anatomy, composition and our ability to edit and simplify. I had fun working on this piece and look forward to future contests! Go Mustangs!” – Mariel LaBrecque

Professor Kathleen Driscoll, Art Foundation Coordinator and Gallery Coordinator in the School of Design, sees the contest as one more way for students to develop and share their skills, especially with their peers. “These competitions are inspired by Professor Jeff Marshall who, among other courses, teaches multiple sections of Basic Drawing every semester. He became inspired to see the students compete with each other on an independent project. It is amazing to see the work come in.”