USM Foundation Art Contest Winners Announced

 The University System of Maryland Foundation is thrilled to announce the results of our second annual art contest. The art contest encouraged submissions to consider the quote, “I want to put a ding in the universe,” by Steve Jobs, and to create a work of art that would reflect the quote. The contest was open to all faculty, staff, and students throughout the University System of Maryland (USM).

We received 88 submissions from almost all of our system institutions and from a wide range of faculty, students, and staff. We even had an entire class from Frostburg State University submit their work as part of a syllabus requirement!

It was a difficult decision with so many talented and articulate entries, but we finally narrowed it down to five: one grand prize winner and four runners up.

Amy Berbert, a freshman at University of Maryland, Baltimore County took home the grand prize of $599 for her artwork. Her artwork was clear, concise, and offered a literal and thoughtful translation of the quote.

Our runners up are as follows:

  • Julie Simon, an art professor at the University of Baltimore
  • Karl Wohkittel, a student at Frostburg State University
  • Li Lang, a professor at Frostburg State University
  • Jonathan Arias, a student at Salisbury University

Artwork will be displayed in December with the release of the USM Foundation’s 2013 Annual Report. Come back and visit us then to read the report and see the eminently talented work of these artists!

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