Our Best HOPE

April 27, 2007

On Tuesday, April 17, the Office of Student Health and Counseling Services hosted its annual HOPE Art Competition in the College’s Monkey Bar Lounge. Students were called upon to submit a single artwork that addressed the theme of a healthy body image. A panel of judges from the SVA staff weighed in on the submitted works and chose Confrontation, a photograph by third-year BFA Photography Department student Dani Gros. Christine Gilchrist, associate director of student health and counseling services, presented Gros with the top prize, a $100 Visa gift card.

In addition to the competition, students, faculty and staff attended a reception and heard a talk by Cynthia C. Tehan, director of professional relations at the Renfrew Center, the country’s first residential eating disorder treatment facility. Tehan spoke to the audience about the role of the visual artist in communicating healthy body images to the public, and praised the work that students had entered into the competition.

Image: Dani Gros with her winning work, Confrontation; photo by Laura Turick.

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