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Students Win Big in Arts Club Competition

By Liz Preuss

"I feel greatly honored that the Arts Club of Washington has recognized my work and that others can now share in the beauty of this once great company," says winner James Paul.

School of Communication photography students snagged two of the top prizes in the 2013 Ann Bartsch Dunne scholarship competition sponsored by the Arts Club of Washington. The annual competition is for 18-to-26 year old students who are studying the arts at a university in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. The judges for 2013 were photographer Robert Strawn and Lisa Hostetler, McEvoy Family Curator for Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

A Grad's Rainy Day

Students James Paul and Natalie Plumb took home scholarships, bringing recognition to AU’s photography program, part of SOC’s Film and Media Arts division. Paul was the overall winner with his photograph titled “Whispers Into Eternity,” receiving $1,500. Professor Jon Malis wrote him a letter of recommendation. He said, “I'm extremely proud of James. In terms of his work, I think he demonstrated great initiative by shooting in a location outside of Washington, DC - returning to his hometown to explore the remnants of a once-booming industry.”

Plumb’s photograph, “A Grad’s Rainy Day” took Second Runner-Up, winning her $750. Journalist-in-Residence Lynne Perri nominated Plumb, saying “[I nominated her because] Natalie has a great eye for composition. She also did very well on deadline during the elections, when she photographed voters at polling places at several precincts in Northern Virginia.” View the winning photos and read more