Holland Symposium encourages creativity

“Cry for Creativity” wins first place

By Brit Raley
On March 1, 2018

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Laura Dooley’s winning sculpture, titled "Cry for Creativity."

Laura Dooley, senior, won first place and a $200 prize on Feb. 17 with her sculpture in this year’s Holland Symposium Student Contest.

"Winning not only helped me financially, but it also encouraged me to continue to embrace my ability to create," Dooley said. "This innate sense to replicate my experience and emotion is greatly inspired by my admiration for God and his creation."

Randy Hall, co-chairman of the Holland Symposium on American Values and professor of art, said students had to attend the symposium first and then create a response related to the topic to enter the contest.

Art, music, and research papers are all possible creative responses, according to Hall.

On Oct. 16, 2017, Dr. Zeynep Tufekci presented "Machine Intelligence and Humanity: An Alien in Our Midst" as the topic for this year’s responses.

Students had a month after the symposium to respond to the lecture with their creative pieces.

Dooley entered her piece, titled "Cry for Creativity," as her creative response to the topic.

"It was meant to be a long and involved process," Dooley said. "It stresses that we have lost the art of creating with our hands."

Dooley said she originally entered for the chance to win money, but once she started working on her sculpture, she found more significance.

"It became about creation, along with the beautiful creativity that we so casually surrender to technology, simply because we have turned art into an inconvenience," Dooley said.

The contest is open to all majors, and any students enrolled at ASU can enter.

Hall said that there were only five entries this year, much less than previous years when they received over 20 entries.

Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and Chris Stewart, department chair of Visual and Performing Arts, were this year’s judges.

"The judges have $500 to work with. They can award that money anyway they see fit," Hall said. "This year they gave an award to each person that entered. However, some years are different."

Karra Aguilar received second place and $125 for her digital print titled "Modern Brother."

Austin Stafford received third place and $75 for his painting titled "Forged in the Name of Homo Sapiens."

Vincent Tanner and Ricardo Lara each received honorable mention and $50 for their sculptures.

"It was such a wonderful experience," Dooley said. "I would hope others would accept the challenge."

The next symposium and contest will be in Oct. 2018.

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