Students compete for cash prizes at E. James Holland Symposium Student Contest Exhibit

First place student wins $300 for digital print “Natalia”

By Sophia Gravatt
On March 22, 2019

ASU from Feb. 25 through March 1 displayed the 2018 E. James Holland Symposium Student Contest Exhibit in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building.
The exhibit is held every fall semester and named in honor of E. James Holland, the former dean of the college of liberal and fine arts. 
The broad theme of the symposium is American values and each year the event features illustrious speakers on some topic associated with values. The theme of the 2018 symposium was “Latina/o Representation in the Media, Civil Rights and American Values.” 
Students were invited to enter the student contest, submit entries relating to the theme and compete for cash prizes. 
The judges were Chris Stewart, chair of the department of visual and performing arts, and Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, dean of the college of arts and humanities. They judged each student’s work based on originality, creativity, depth of thought, technical competency and relation to the theme. 
Senior Zach Vigil-Minyard won first place and $300 for his digital print “Natalia.” 
“I felt surprised to win first place,” Vigil-Minyard said. “I was very honored, though, to win this award. As a Mexican-American myself, I was happy to have been chosen.”
Adriela Zavala won second place and $100 for her digital print “Mas Amor, Por Favor.” 
Third place and the $75 prize went to Hyoseung Allyson Woo for her digital print “More Than Just…”
Rebekah Raschke received an honorable mention and $25 for her painting “The New Vision.” 
The other students who participated in this exhibit were: Granville Brazela, Sarah Campbell, Adriana Carranco, Peaches Jackson, Samantha Luevano-Marrero, Breanna McAdoo, Reagan Rose Michels, Daniel Miller, Zachary Nguyen, Taylor Page, Ethan Rankin, Micala Troncoso, Alexandria Valdez, and Jacob Welchon.
The E. James Holland University Symposium Committee invites all ASU students to compete in the 2019 student contest. 
For more information, contact Randy Hall at

Photo by Ian Saint: The Holland Symposium showcased artwork from various ASU students. Entries competed for a $300 prize for first place.


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