Humber College picked the winners of its yearly Student Art Show, a tradition at Humber for the last 30 years.
This year’s first-place winners are Robbie Stevens for colour photography, Melinda Komuves for digital art, Sophia Thomas for drawing, Mackenzie Curtis for visual and digital art, Unnati Mundegesara Krishnamurthy for painting, and Olga Bondarenko for monochromatic photography.
“The 2022 Humber Art Show welcomes current students from all Guelph-Humber and Humber campuses to share their creative and artistic talent,” said Michaela Knorr, a public relations postgraduate student at Humber College.
The first-place winner received $100, second place received $75, the third $50, and $25 for honourable mention. Five Juror’s Pick pieces — each earning a $100 prize — will be selected to represent Humber at the League for Innovation International Competition.
The categories were digital art, colour photography, drawing, monochromatic photography, painting, as well as an “other” section if a student’s art falls outside of these categories.
Humber is the only Canadian participant in the League for Innovation international competition. Student pieces are considered by a panel of jurors from the local art community and five works of art are picked to represent Humber at the show.
“People are longing to re-discover parts of their lives through art and creativity to find joy and meaning,” Knorr said,
“Over the last two years, the world has experienced periods of isolation and lack of human interaction, and we are hoping to heal together – whether it be virtual – through the arts and sharing our artworks,” she said.
This year’s theme was entitled Euphoria, Hello Art, I Thought I Lost You, and was influenced by the hit HBO show.
“As many students have watched Euphoria or been exposed to it on social media, we thought this was a relevant theme,” Knorr said. “We spent a lot of time brainstorming themes and ideas and we voted as a class on what would be the best theme for the art show we were organizing. “
HBO’s Euphoria has a unique vibe to it, with the most recent season being shot entirely on film instead of digitally.
“We saw a record amount of submissions, totalling 343,” said Joshua Pham, a Humber College Public Relations Postgraduate Student. “The art show is sponsored by Humber’s Student Success Centre.
“The Student Success Centre is generous in helping us host the best art show possible and will fund exciting prizes for the jury’s top winners,” he said.
Knorr said the Public Relations Certificate students delegated the organizational process of the art show into separate committees. The students dedicated the semester to planning and executing the art show, she said.