January 11, 2010

Arts Competition to reveal campus talents

2008 Winners

Did you know that a biology student creates oil paintings, or that a film studies professor writes and performs alternative folk music? These are just some examples of artistic work submitted for the upcoming Emory Arts Competition.

“There is extraordinary richness of talent simmering just beneath the surface” at Emory, says Vice President and Deputy to the President Gary Hauk. The Emory Arts Competition showcases students, faculty and staff as pianists, photographers, guitarists and sculptors, among others.

The deadline for music and visual arts submissions by amateur artists and ensembles among faculty, staff and students is Wednesday, Jan. 13.

In its second year, a new element to the competition is being introduced. “Gallery Night” on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Schwartz Center gives all visual arts entrants a chance for their sculpture, drawings, paintings, photography, and mixed-media work to be viewed by judges and public in the work’s true form rather than online or as a projected image.

The top eight visual arts submissions go on to the Final Gala Event on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.  in the Schwartz Center, where the music finalists will perform and winners are selected from both categories, partly based on audience response. Winners receive a cash prize, and an opportunity to be showcased on the competition Web site.

The inaugural competition last year attracted more than 200 visual arts entries and more than 50 solo musicians and ensembles. The gala event attracted more than 400 people from within the Emory community and the general public, who enjoyed commentary from the guest judges following each musical act.

Santa Ono, senior vice provost for academic affairs, established the new Emory tradition, organized as a community-building event. “As it was last year, the competition will be an excellent chance for members of the Emory community to participate in and experience the wealth of creativity on our campus,” he says.

This annual event is presented by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts and Creativity: Art and Innovation. All competition entries and events are free.

For more information including rules, online entry form, and the past winners, visit

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