The library received 36 submissions for the 2011 art award contest. Students were asked to respond to any work of art in the library's internationally recognized collection. The responses were varied and included poems, essays, digital art, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and musical compositions. Judges looked for works that were not only inventive but also reflected a strong interpretation of a work of art in the library.
Sergey Yeremenko's sculpture was inspired by Chakia Booker's Echoing Factors. Yeremenko's inventive and skillful sculpting of cardboard materials cleverly addresses the issue of recycled materials. The attention to detail and strong execution makes a powerful connection to the Booker sculpture.
Andrew Baer's painting Luke 6:39-40 is in response to John Arruda's The Blind Leading the Blind. Baer's painting is remarkable for its subtle, layered meanings and complexities that not only reference the bible but the films Goodfellas and the Seventh Seal. A very thoughtful interpretation of Arruda's painting.
Anthony DiFolco's multimedia presentation was inspired by Samuel J. Woolf's portrait of Fiorello LaGuardia. DiFolco's presentation is an ingenious blend of historical research, images, music and theatrical make-up. A witty response to Mayor LaGuardia's portrait.
Timothy Hospodar's image was inspired by Vik Muniz's Ad Reinhardt. Using a process similar to Muniz, Hospodar gathered dust from books on the library's shelves to create an image. Hospodar's execution is a very resourceful, sophisticated and thoughtful response to Muniz's photograph.
Jenny Williams's work Three Trees was inspired by Harold Baumbach's painting Untitled. William's art, animation, music, lyrics and performance is exceptional for its originality and inventiveness. It is a powerful and expressive response to the Baumbach painting.