Susquehanna Sophomore Wins Community Art Prize
SELINSGROVE—Kelly Kuros, a sophomore double-majoring in creative writing and studio art at Susquehanna University, was recently named the winner of a community art contest celebrating the opening of a new Hillel House at Susquehanna. The Hillel House serves as a student gathering place and office of Rabbi Kate Palley, director of Jewish life at Susquehanna, who conceived the idea of an art competition to engage community creativity.
Kuros, a resident of Greensburg, Pa., won $100 for her depiction of the theme, “Creation,” rendering a sunrise with acrylic paint in a grid pattern on a 12-by-36-inch canvas. Kuros says the piece took 10 to 12 hours to complete.
Nine entries in a variety of media were judged by Palley, University President Jay Lemons and Assistant Professor of Art Ann Piper. The winner was announced at the opening of the Hillel House Jan. 24.
“The entries were all beautiful,” says Palley. “We chose Kelly’s painting [as the winner] because it is pleasing to the eye, simple at first glance with increasing complexity the longer you look, and it causes you to think in a variety of ways.”
“I drew a lot of inspiration from Chapter 1 of Genesis,” Kelly says, “especially the words, ‘And God said “Let there be light,” and there was light.’ I also drew inspiration from my many early mornings watching the sun rise. I've always been amazed by how beautiful the colors in the sky are.”
Having never dabbled in art before this year, Kuros says the prize is the first she has won for her artwork. “I was incredibly excited and really quite surprised, as I had seen the other entries and how beautiful they all were,” she says.
All contest submissions, including Kuros’, are currently on display at the Hillel House, 406 University Ave.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones