By Myra Saturen
April 18, 2013
The annual Patrick J. Kraus Freshman Drawing Competition awards ceremony at Northampton Community College (NCC) took place on April 18 for the 24th consecutive year. Five winning drawings were chosen out of 46 entries. The exhibition is juried and open to all freshmen during the spring semester.
The competition is funded by the Patrick J. Kraus Endowment Fund, established by the late John "Duke" Kraus, former NCC bookstore manager, and his wife, Katherine, in memory of their son, Patrick, a talented artist who attended NCC in 1985-86.
Winning artists receive scholarships, funded through an endowment created by the Krauses, toward their tuition for the following fall semester.
Thomas Shillea, director of the NCC art department, thanked the Krauses for their support. He said that "All the exhibited pieces are wonderful. All were judged by our subcommittee to be winners."
Katherine Kraus spoke briefly about her son, who died at the age or 24 in 1988. She recalled how he started drawing at an early age as a way of expressing himself.
Bruce Wall, associate professor of art, voiced appreciation for the students who worked hard to create the artworks and those who installed the exhibit.
The winners and their works are:
First Place: Michelle Konczyk, "Fatal Injection of the Human Race."
Second Place: Wareennee Kotrwongse, "Memorable Hall."
Third Place: Leslee Ayala, "Untitled," a drawing focused on a red bicycle.
Fourth Place: Jonathan Segarra, "Self-Portrait."
Fifth Place: Myles Tolliver, "My Loved Things."
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