Drawing on Their Talents

Art makes a splash at the drawing competition

Mia Rossi,

Open to freshman with a 33-credit limit, the Annual Patrick J. Kraus Freshman Drawing Competition features drawings from talented students in the art program at Northampton Community College (NCC). The competition is funded by the Patrick J. Kraus Endowment Fund, established by the late John and Katherine Kraus in memory of their son, Patrick, a talented artist who attended NCC in 1985-86. Winning artists receive scholarships in the amount of $1,200 to $100 toward their tuition for the following fall semester. A vote is cast for winners first through fifth place in the juried competition, and students are allowed to enter up to three drawings. First and second place winners’ drawings are added to the Patrick J. Kraus NCC collection.

A reception was held to announce winners on April 9 in Communications Hall on Bethlehem Campus where the students’ artwork is proudly hung for all to see.  NCC art department professor, Tom Shillea, said, “It always astonishes me that all of the drawings you see here were produced by freshman because they are junior/senior level drawings.” The award recipients were:

5th place - Lila Shokr, “Psychedelic Prism”

4th place - Thomas Pierce, “Yeah Dude!”

3rd place - Emily DeCaro, “Self Portrait”

2nd place - Megumi Taguchi, “Self Reflection”

1st place - Thanya Rodriquez Reyes, “Colorless” (Pictured above)