Student art installation celebrates “discovery"

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Students in the Mills Learning Commons have not just one, but three stunning pieces of their cohorts’ art work to inspire them as they study, work in groups or just hang out. The Library has recently installed “Beneath the Tree”, a painting by Level IV Honours Art student Tricia Jagt, the winning submission in an art competition sponsored by the Library and organized in partnership with the School of the Arts (SOTA).

“I'm honoured to have been chosen for the Mills Library Competition”, says Tricia of her win, “It feels good to be leaving a part of myself here at McMaster in my final semester. The piece I created, focusing on the image of a tree trunk and its roots, came from personal reflection. I am interested in this imagery because I see it as a metaphor for life; I feel people are only as healthy as their roots. Whatever you can't see, both spiritually and physically, impacts what you can see. In many ways, I have developed roots here at McMaster that impact who I am and where I'm going.” 

Tricia’s piece was the winning submission for 2008/2009, the third year the annual art competition has been held. Each year, the competition, open to students enrolled in Honours or Combined Honours Art programs, has as its theme one of the words used in the branding of the Mills Learning Commons: inquire, explore, discover, create, learn. A prize of $1,000 is awarded for the winning submission. The theme for last year’s competition was ‘discover’.

Judy Major-Girardin, Associate Professor of Art, has facilitated the competition since it began. “The chance to have a work permanently displayed in Mills Library is a highly valued opportunity in the studio art program. This kind of public recognition on campus is very important to art students and we hope that their creative achievements on display in the Mills Learning Commons will enrich the learning environment of both current and future students at McMaster”, says Major-Giradin.

Tonight at 5:30, the Library will host a formal recognition of Tricia’s winning submission in the McLay Reading Room at Mills (2nd floor). We invite the University community to join us for an opportunity to view the installation and to meet the artist