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Student Scholarship Competition! / Lecture Tonight!
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Dadu David Shin
I am minutes away from hopping in my car to drive down to NYC to fulfill my duties as Chairman of the Society's Student Scholarship Competition on Friday.

Seeing all the original work that came in for the final judging, I was so impressed with the work.  It was amazing to see.  During the judging for the monetary awards, Murray Tinkelman, a committee member said after perusing all the original art: "I think if we took a bunch of chips, through them up in the air and gave money to where ever the chips fell, everyone would probably agree on it."  THAT'S how amazing this show looks.  The reality was, after 4 hours with much discussion, the judges chose the final award winners.

Friday night, the doors open at 6PM to see one of the most popular shows annually held at the Society.  Congratulations to all the students and I look forward to meeting many of you there.  A special congratulations to Distinguished Educator of the Year winners: Gil Ashby who will be present and posthumously John Lagatta.

To see the full collection of over 200 selected works (out of a record breaking 7002!) which will be at the show this evening, follow this link.  Some images are below.
John Dombrowski
JooHee Yoon
Rachel Pontious
....also....

I had asked Matt Mahurin, one of my favorite artists, to come in and judge the Student Scholarship Competition.  During one of the breaks from judging, I was speaking to Anelle Miller, Director of the Society, about how much I've been a fan of Matt's work and described some of the amazing work and films he's done.  Without missing a step, Anelle went into her office and came back out with her desk calendar, sat down beside Matt and asked: "So, when would you like to do a lecture here?"

Don't miss it!

Tonight, at 6:30PM 'An Evening with Matt Mahurin'
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