Student Health and Counseling Services at SVA, in partnership with The Samaritans of New York, sponsored the 5th Annual HOPE Art Competition. Students from all departments were invited to submit artwork that embodied this year’s theme of suicide prevention. The competition reception was held on March 4 at the Monkey Bar Lounge where two winners were announced: Erin M. Hesser, a first-year animation student won the film/motion category for her piece Meant to be Shared and Rachel Pontious, a third-year illustration student, was the winner in the print category for her piece We Can Share the Load.
The Samaritans is a non-profit organization that operates New York City’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline (212.673.3000), public education and awareness programs and support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The winning artists of the HOPE competition may have their work reproduced by Samaritans for use in both print and media advertisement throughout the New York City-Metropolitan area and beyond to raise awareness about the availability of suicide prevention services.
Student Health and Counseling Services awarded each winner a $300 gift card, made possible by The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts and the Tim Sharkey Memorial Fund. Speakers at the reception included Rachel Dress, LMSW psychotherapist, Student Health and Counseling Services, Shannon Erwin, development manager, Development and Alumni Affairs; and Alan Ross, executive director, The Samaritans.
Image: photo of Erin M. Hesser with her work Meant to be Shared