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MDC Art Students Among Finalists in National League for Innovation 25th Annual Competition

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<em>Still Life Study</em>: An acrylic on canvas by Melissa Gonzalez, a student finalist from the New World School of the Arts.

Miami, April 27, 2011 - Several Miami Dade College (MDC) art students are celebrating much-deserved recognition from the  respected League for Innovation for artwork that will be presented during the organization’s annual competition to be held at the college’s North Campus this summer.

The five student finalists who will represent MDC in the 25th annual national League for Innovation competition are: Lester Sanchez (North Campus), who produced Auto Retrato, a painting on canvas; Erica Torres (Kendall Campus), Read Me, a mixed media work; Rhea Leonard (Kendall Campus), Self-Portrait, etching; Luis Castaneda (Wolfson), an untitled photograph; and Melissa Gonzalez (New World School of the Arts), Still Life Study, an acrylic on canvas.

During the national competition, three jurors will evaluate student art pieces from 19 colleges nationwide from the League for Innovation network and select the final winners.

Last year, MDC Wolfson Campus student Sebastian Munoz, who worked under the mentorship of his professor, Joseph Tamargo, won first place for his photograph.

For years, MDC’s Art Gallery System has hosted student art exhibitions in advance of the League’s annual competitions as a way to give more exposure to young artists. This spring, the North Campus presented the five students’ work during the Festival of the Arts event.

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