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TU announces Student Art Competition winners

Three Thomas University students took top honors in TU’s Student Art Competition for Casino Night. The three top winners’ artwork will be available for purchase through an auction during TU’s Casino Night event on March 24 in Cairo. Contestants were students of Art professor Richard Curtis or Photography professor David Allio.

First place went to Megan Harding, a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major from Thomasville, for her work, “Motion of Color.” She won a $250 Visa gift card.

“I enjoy art in my free time,” Harding said. “The studio classes have been a wonderful creative outlet for me.”

Winning second place was Heaven Robinson, a dual enrollment student from Thomasville who is also a junior at the Scholars Academy, for her painting “Home Away from Home.” She won a $150 Visa gift card.

“This painting was developed from a sketch I drew while in Beijing, China,” Robinson said. “I was riding on the mountainside on the way to the Great Wall and was inspired to draw what I saw. In this foreign place, I felt as if I were sketching at home. When I came back to the U.S. and painted the scene, I felt like I was back on the bus looking at the mountains.”

Third place went to Laura Mican, a freshman Interdisciplinary Studies major from Bogotá, Colombia, for her work “Awareness.” She won a $100 Visa gift card.

“‘Awareness’ is an artwork that I did by using the technique of pointillism with acrylics,” Mican said. “I used acrylics because I love how bright and alive the colors look and also because they are easy to work with. It is on a black canvas because I feel that it enhances all the colors and expresses better my vision.  I use the pointillism technique because I feel that it gives certain rhythm and perfection. Also, because I feel that each point represents each person in this world, and that together we can create a lot of things but only if we leave our differences and selfishness apart.”

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