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Art Contest

2013 Summer Reading Program

Creating Room to Read by John Wood

art contest 2013

The Summer Reading Program encourages fall 2013 incoming students to tap into their creative side by making a small-scale artwork inspired by John Wood’s book, Creating Room to Read.  Submissions will be displayed in a fall semester exhibition in the Drake Memorial Library and one artwork will be selected as “The Best of Show.” The winner will be invited to have dinner with the author on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 and will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble bookstore.


Wood’s writing style conjures up rich visual imagery in the mind of the reader. He includes numerous descriptive passages throughout Creating Room to Read that illustrate his many experiences and efforts to achieve global literacy for all children. One might consider artworks based on concepts such as libraries without books, a trek to a mountain village to celebrate the opening of a new library, or rebuilding schools in Sri Lanka after a disastrous tsunami, to name just a few. Select any passage from the book that resonates with you and create a work of art based on your excerpt. The work of art may be a visual illustration, an interpretation, or an abstraction of the ideas contained within your selection.


Consider the following possibilities:

Two-dimensional image making techniques: drawing, painting, collage, digital art, doodling, etc.

Three-dimensional object making techniques: mixed-media, sculpture, diorama, etc.


Entry Guidelines

*Create a small-scale artwork (approximately 10-12 inches) using materials of your choice.

*The inspiration for your idea must be derived or inspired from an excerpt from the book, Creating Room to Read.  

*Attach or include with your entry the quote/excerpt (and page number) that was the motivation for your artwork.

*There is a limit of two entries per student.

*Make sure your name and Banner ID number are clearly written or attached to your work of art.

*All entries must be submitted on or before September 5, 2013 at 4 p.m.

*Contact Lori Mills with any questions.

Entries may be mailed over the summer to Associate Professor Lori Mills, c/o Art Department, College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420, or they may be hand delivered to her office at the beginning of fall semester.  Office # 208, Tower Fine Art building.


Last Updated 5/28/13