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Miami Dade College Students Shine at League for Innovation’s Student Art Competition

League for Innovation

Miami, July 19, 2012 - Every year, some of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) most talented and creative students participate in the League for Innovation’s Student Art Competition, which is open to all community colleges in the U.S. that are League members. This year, MDC is proud to announce that two students took top prizes from among nearly a hundred entries submitted.

Alejandro Valencia, an MDC North Campus student, took home the first place award for his piece titled “Portrait of My Grandmother Sewing—Homage to Vermeer.” The third place award went to New World School of the Arts student Rafael Domenech for “Untitled 2011.”

The national Student Art Competition showcases a selection of the best art works by today's community college students. The initial competition takes place at a college/district level with the winners of each local contest moving on to compete at the national level. National winners receive cash prizes, given to individuals who place first, second, third, and Juror’s Choice. All national-level entries receive a Certificate of National Merit and are published in the League's Student Art Competition publication.

The League for Innovation is an international organization serving community colleges. It hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners and other agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. For more information, visit

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 175,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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