The Freedom Chronicle:
The Institute for Freedom Studies
(Reprinted from NKU College of Arts and Sciences Vista , Fall 2002.)
Thirty-seven students entered the Second Annual Visual Art Contest sponsored by NKU's Institute for Freedom Studies. This year's theme was "Civil Liberties and Social Justice: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow?" The contest was judged by Timothy Rub, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. He chose six works to be exhibited, with the top three winners receiving cash prizes.
First place went to Hanz Schellhas for a triptych entitled First Class/Second Class. Based on his own experience working for social justice in Cincinnati, Schellhas depicted a Klansman whose large portrait in the center of the triptych was created entirely with ink applied by rubber stamps with the words "FIRST CLASS." Flanking the Klansman on either side were smaller portraits of non-Klan protestors whose inked images were created with "second class" stamps.
Second place in the contest went to Geneva McCoy for her untitled charcoal drawing depicting the head of a powerful African-American woman in a field of lush foliage. "Just as sunlight is a necessity for living things, so is freedom," declared McCoy in her artist's statement.
Rub awarded third place to Andrew Baughman for his mixed media painting entitled Light of Freedom:Harriet Tubman. Honorable mention went to Aaron Wood for his painting Prison, Wall Street, Antarctica; to Loren Muntz for her painting Remembering Rudy; and to David Hennessey for his sculpture Oh Daphne!
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