Sidewalk Chalk Art Celebrates UCFâ€™s 50th Anniversary
Artists brought out UCFâ€™s true colors as they commemorated the universityâ€™s 50th anniversary during Wednesdayâ€™s Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition held outside the Teaching Academy.
The event, hosted by the College of Education, showcased participantsâ€™ creative abilities and school spirit while challenging them to create a work of art that celebrates UCFâ€™s milestone birthday.
The event drew artists from UCF and the community and from all levels of experience.
While some participants worked individually, others collaborated with team members to design their 4-by-4 foot sections of sidewalk. Freshmen Olivia Keene and Kristine Jubilag infused their majors into their artwork by illustrating Pegasus looking through a microscope.
â€śUsing Pegasus was an obvious choice for us, but we wanted to incorporate the scientific aspects of the university as well,â€ť said Keene, a biology and environmental studies major.
Meanwhile, Valencia College sophomore Kevin Cadena focused on a different aspect of UCFâ€™s 50th anniversary: its four presidents. Cadena, who will transfer to UCF to study advertising/public relations, partnered with UCF sophomore Wendy Nishikawa, a studio art major, to lead their team of five artists.
â€śI felt that we should incorporate the history of the university,â€ť said Cadena. â€śWe decided that our art should be an ode to the four presidents who made this school so great.â€ť
Artwork was judged by local artists and educators. Keene’s and Jubilag won first place for their drawing; Rudy Drapiza placed second; Jamie Schwerstein was third; Cadena and his team placed fourth; and Janet Tombros came in fifth place. Winners received prizes from Orlando art store Sam Flax and the UCF Bookstore.
To learn more about the College of Education, visit http://www.education.ucf.edu/. To see more photos of the chalk art visit http://facebook.com/UCF. For more on UCFâ€™s 50th anniversary, go to http://www.ucf.edu/50.
Freshmen Olivia Keene and Kristine Jubilag won first place for infusing their majors into their artwork by illustrating Pegasus looking through a microscope.
Rudy Drapiza’s building blocks combined UCF with it’s original name, Florida Technological University.