RECIPIENTS OF 2013 JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CREATIVITY AWARDS ANNOUNCED

RECIPIENTS OF 2013 JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CREATIVITY AWARDS ANNOUNCED

LAWRENCE, KS, April 25, 2013— The Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards recognize outstanding creativity and originality among University of Kansas undergraduate students. Open to students in any department for writing and multimedia projects, the awards honor work that demonstrates risk-taking and critical thinking.

After poring over a top-tier collection of submissions, the multidisciplinary selection committee announced this year’s honorees, including Sarah Stern of Lawrence, Kansas for her photographic study, Rocinha, Brazil. Stern is a Latin American Studies and Journalism student. For her multimedia project, she immersed herself in a Brazilian community identified by the media as a slum, or favela, and sought to portray a side of the city more often left untold.

Stern was named one of Glamour Magazine’s top ten college women in 2012. The magazine reported that, while in Brazil, Stern demonstrated bravery and confidence beyond her years, noting that her shots from the trip were slated to be included a large-format book, which has since been published, and featured in a special collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Other 2013 Brosseau Creativity Award recipients are: Jenny Curatola for her performance project titled One Wild and Precious Life and Shawn Patterson for a collection of poetry. Receiving honorable mention are Thomas Birdeno for his short story, How to Grieve a Dead Dog, and Anna Davis and Amanda Schneider for a collaborative installation titled Hello Mother: Just a few lines so that you know I am fine.

These awards form part of the Spencer Museum’s mission to strengthen, support and contribute to academic research, as well as to foster interdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of art, ideas, and experience. The Spencer’s contemporary vision is to motivate creative work, object-centered learning, and transformative public dialogue.

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