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MDC Students Shine at National Art Competition, Receiving Several Awards including the Top Prize

Winning Piece

Sebastian Muñoz's winning piece

Miami, June 30, 2010 - Miami Dade College (MDC) students recently participated in the 2009-10 League for Innovation National Art Competition hosted by the Humber College Institute of Technology in Toronto, Canada, and returned with a great sense of pride. Out of the 95 student works submitted from numerous League colleges, MDC students earned five awards, including First Place Best of Show.

Sebastian Muñoz, winner of the First Place Best of Show award, discovered his love for photography only a year and a half ago when he began taking photography courses with respected MDC professor and acclaimed photographer Joseph Tamargo. Though these courses were initially taken as electives for Muñoz’s A.S. in Marketing, his passion for photography led him to change majors and pursue a degree in Photographic Technologies.

“[Photography] started as a side class, a hobby, but I became involved with it and discovered that this is what I want to do,” said Muñoz.

Along with the award, Muñoz received a $500 prize. However, Muñoz made it clear that this was not his motivation for submitting his winning piece, Untitled. “For me, recognition is more important than the money,” he said. He hopes to submit it and other works to similar contests to promote himself within the fine art photography community.

The League for Innovation is an organization that is dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. Through conferences and events like the National Art Competition, the League works to create greater opportunity for students and communities. Next year’s National Art Competition will be hosted by MDC. In fact, MDC has collaborated closely with the League since the organization’s establishment.

The following students from Miami Dade College were recognized:

First Place Best of Show – $500 award

Sebastian Muñoz – Wolfson Campus, for a photography piece, Untitled

Certificates of National Merit –

·        Maria Cristina Llanos – Kendall Campus, for Evolution 1

·        Guido Lombardi – Wolfson Campus, for Expressions

·        Julio C. Miranda – Wolfson Campus, for Untitled

·        Beatriz Rodriguez – Kendall Campus, for Doll House Series: Untitled 1

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