Angelo State University art/graphic design major Allison Romo of Hereford has been awarded the top prize in the 2016 University Symposium Student Contest that is conducted each year in conjunction with ASU’s E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values.

(L to R) Vincent Tanner, Allison Romo, Dr. E. James Holland, Presley Rumsey, Destiny Crane, Randy Hall (art professor) and Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne (dean of the College of Arts and Humanities)courtesy ASU

The 2016 symposium in October featured linguist and best-selling author John McWhorter, whose presentations were themed “Changing Language and American Values.” Student contest entries were judged on relation to the theme, creativity, originality, depth of thought and technical competency.

Competing against 23 other entries, Romo won first place and a $350 prize for her digital print titled “Breaking Barriers.” Second place and $100 were awarded to Presley Rumsey, a graphic design major from Lubbock, for her work titled “Languages.” The $50 third-place prize was awarded to Vincent Tanner of Mertzon for this work titled “Change.” Graphic design major Destiny Crane of San Angelo received Honorable Mention. 

All of the contest entries will be on public display from now through Friday, March 24, in Gallery 193 on the first floor of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive. The gallery is open free to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The judges for this year’s contest were Dr. Herman Howard, chair of the Department of Communication and Mass Media, and Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.