This year, the University System of Maryland Foundation decided to highlight the partnership between the institutions within the University System of Maryland (USM) and the Foundation by way of an art contest that we hope will become an annual tradition. We felt an art contest would be a great way to strengthen the connection between the Foundation and the students, faculty, and staff we ultimately serve.
There was an incredible response, with faculty, staff, and students submitting different types of artwork to reflect upon our theme. Contestants were encouraged to consider the following quote: “Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember: a kite rises against the wind rather than with it” – unknown. In addition to the grand prizewinner, there were several runners up who are featured throughout the 2012 Annual Report.
Grand Prize Winner: S. Colby Peters
Doctoral Student, School of School of Social Work
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Colby hails from Annapolis, Maryland, where she has been living since the age of fourteen. She is an art history graduate from the College of William and Mary and the recipient of a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work where she is currently pursuing her doctorate.
Colby’s work is entitled “The Human Condition” and is a mixed media piece, incorporating torn out pages of a book, paint chips, friendship bracelets, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, and embroidery thread. The cityscape in her artwork portrays her perception of Baltimore. Known as Charm City, Baltimore is simultaneously quirky and gritty, and the city’s residents continue to thrive and change and adapt.
Colby was inspired by biologist Edward O. Wilson’s work, Social Conquest of Earth, which suggests that evolution is predicated on humans helping each other. Her interpretation resonated with the judging committee, aligning precisely with the mission of all those at the USM Foundation who work to ensure the best possible outcome for students, faculty, and staff throughout our System institutions.
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