New Art in the Learning Commons

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Students who are studying, working in groups or just hanging out with friends in the Mills Learning Commons are fortunate to be in a space that is enhanced by student art on the walls.

The Library has just installed an art piece by Amber Aasman, a Level 4 student in Combined Art and Peace Studies, the most recent winner of an art competition sponsored by the Library and organized in partnership with the School of the Arts (SOTA).

"It is an honour to have an art piece hung permanently at Mac", says Aasman, "I very much hope it can be enjoyed by students and the Mills Library community."  Aasman is grateful to the Library "for giving art students such a prominent space to display art!"

Aasman’s piece was the winning submission for 2009/2010, the fourth 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 ‘create’.

"Amber’s commissioned work captures the spirit of the theme ‘CREATE’ with an alchemical approach to material exploration," says Judy Major-Girardin, Associate Professor of Art. Major-Girardin has facilitated the competition since it began. "This competition inspires students to exercise their imaginations and it provides a valuable opportunity to expand exposure for student work in this important campus venue."  

Today at 12:00 noon, the Library will host a formal recognition of Aasman’s winning submission in the McLay Reading Room at Mills (2nd floor). We invite the McMaster community to join us for an opportunity to see the art piece and to meet and hear from the artist.