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Winners Selected for Political Cartoon Contest

Columbia College Chicago students have something to say about contemporary, cultural, and political issues. Students submitted illustrations to this year’s Paula Pfeffer and Cheryl Johnson-Odim Political Cartoon Contest, and six winners were honored at reception in the Library on April 29. At the event, Deborah H. Holdstein, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, presented the winners amidst a display of the winning cartoons.

The honorees are:

Yunjing Li, visiting student, Animation (First Place)
Mike Ramos, senior, Illustration (Second Place)
Michael James Scelfo, senior, Photography (Third Place)
Vanessa Barajas, junior, Illustration (Honorable Mention)
Rachel Willits, senior, Game Design (Honorable Mention)
John Garrison, sophomore, Illustration (Honorable Mention)

“This year’s winning cartoons show a rich variety of themes Columbia students are interested in,” said Dr. Teresa Prados-Torreira, who coordinates the contest and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences. “They include a comment on society’s passive response to the problem of homelessness, a provocative look at police brutality, a funny take on casual dating, and commentaries on social media, GLBT rights, and cultural dogmatism. The cartoons showcase how our students use their artistic skills to make powerful statements about society.”

This year’s judges were Jay Boersma, photographer, Web designer, and adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago; Ivan Brunetti, Associate Professor in the Department of Art + Design; Elizabeth Earl, Opinions Editor of The Columbia Chronicle; KJ Mathieson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Art + Science; Richard Laurent, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art + Design; Elio Leturia, Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism; and Michelle Yates, Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences.

The Paula Pfeffer and Cheryl Johnson-Odim Political Cartoon Contest is a vehicle through which Columbia College Chicago students participate in the political discourse, demonstrate their artistic skills, and showcase their analytical abilities. Sam Pfeffer, Emeritus Trustee at Columbia College Chicago, endowed the contest and named it after his wife, Paula. Housed in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, the competition is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in collaboration with The Columbia Chronicle.