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Hokie Print announces 'What do you art?' fall contest winners

From: Hokie Print

This fall, Hokie Print wanted to know how creative the university community is and what has inspired them during the pandemic through its "What do you art?" contest.

The theme, “What do you art?,” empowered student and employee contest participants to explore their creative interests.

Winners were selected by a panel of university design and marketing staff. The winners in both categories, Photography and Design, received art gallery mounted prints of their work. Scroll below to see their work.

Photography category

First place: “Urban Dusk” by Aislinn Grant, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering within the College of Engineering.

Aislinn Grant poses with her photgraph of a city landscape at night.
Aislinn Grant

“I find inspiration for my photography in the world around me. I love to explore beautiful places, and photography gives me the perfect excuse to do so, while getting to show other people the same beauty I have seen,” said Grant. “My artistic style is still being formed and changes often, but focuses on dynamic lighting and intentional framing.” 

Design category

First place: “Common Objects” by Mary Arevalo, a sophomore majoring in industrial design within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Mary Arevalo poses with her colorful poster collage of drawings of common objects
Mary Arevalo

Arevalo enjoys drawing, painting, comics, origami, fiber art and soft goods, ceramics, graphic design (especially layouts and logo design), and any combination of the above.

“My major involves a lot of this, which is definitely a large source of inspiration for me, but I’d say my main source of inspiration comes from being able to see and experience other peoples’ work, as well as the natural world,” said Arevalo on what inspires her.

First place runner-up: “Pas De Quatre restage Randolph College” by David Reep, bulk mail specialist and photography hobbyist from Roanoke. 

David Reep posting with his photography
David Reep.

Second place runner-up: “Autumn Children” by Justin Hurt, quality control and floor care manager within the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities.

Justin Hurt poses with a poster of a photo of his children laying among the leaves.
Justin Hurt.

Hokie Print is dedicated to supporting the visual art community at Virginia Tech by providing the best economical visual replication, along with various mounting and display options.

No matter the size or complexity of the project, Hokie Print can help bring it to life with great service, high-quality products, convenience, and competitive pricing.

They are proud to offer the campus community a complete range of documentation production services in both offset and digital environments, as well as all things large-format (including vinyl decals, banners, exhibit displays, and more).

To support the community even further, Hokie Print will host a contest each semester to allow students, staff, and faculty to express their creativity and show off what inspires them.

Hokie Print would like to thank the below panel members for taking the time to review and select the winners:

  • Holli Gardner Drewry, digital content strategist, TLOS 
  • Michael Goodson, design and marketing co-coordinator, Printing Services 
  • Meghan Marsh, communications manager, Office for Strategic Affairs 
  • Erin Williams, content creator, University Relations 
  • Summer Woodard, junior graphic designer, University Relations

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