Originally written by Joshua Stoiber
The Student Government Association (SGA) and Fine Arts Committee hosted their annual Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 6, in Hinkson Hall, showcasing a variety of creative submissions from students to be judged by professionals and enjoyed by members of the TIU community.
The evening began with a time of light refreshments and a chance for attendees to view each of the almost 100 submissions put on display, a record-breaking number for the Fine Arts Festival.
After the reception, the winners of the $100 grand prize for each category were announced. This year’s winners included Laura Brown for poetry, Andrew Koenig for prose, Michael Stevenson for photography, Lisa Kowieski for painting, Stacy Wilcox for graphic design, and Kyle Berry for musical composition.
After the winners were announced, a short presentation was given by Todd and Monica Rogers, proprietors of The Pig And Weasel, a local art venue that the couple run out of their home in Evanston. Their presentation told the story of how they went from the simple idea of creating an intimate performance venue to the thriving outlet for local culture that The Pig and Weasel has become. They also gave practical advice for students looking to make their own artistic dreams a reality.
The night concluded with the Trinity Oscars, SGA’s annual mini-film festival. Only the first and second place films were shown, which came from TIU students Michael Bowman and Megan Menke, respectively.
“I really enjoyed the event,” said TIU freshman Tiffany Valleau. “I thought that there was a really good balance between the festival’s more ceremonial aspects and the other parts of the evening, and the pieces were all very impressive.”
The festival represents a culmination of the Fine Arts Committee and SGA’s efforts to strengthen the creative community on campus.
“I think it’s important that a liberal arts college have a culture of creativity,” said Fine Arts Committee Chairman Dr. Brad Fruhauff. “It may be even more important for a Christian college; Christians should look to the Incarnation as evidence that God is interested in human bodies and the creation and the interaction of the two. The Fine Arts Festival is one way even a small campus like ours can gather to celebrate and enjoy our Creator’s gifts of creativity, and I think this year we demonstrated once again that college is about more than just a degree.”
The last major event for the TIU creative community will be the release of this year’s Trillium, Trinity’s undergraduate art journal, which was moved from a semester release to an annual “omnibus” edition in a move to provide a higher-quality publication.
“It’s going to be bigger, better, more colorful, and probably square,” said Fruhauff.
The Fine Arts Committee will be meeting one more time this year in order to discuss more ways that the Committee, SGA, and the Trillium can continue to foster the campus’s creative community over the next year. Some ideas that are being considered include guest speakers, workshops, and a book group. Student suggestions are welcome, and anyone interested can contact Dr. Fruhauff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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