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“My Colby-Sawyer Experience” Student Art & Essay Contest:
Capture your college experience in words or art forms

The Offices of College Communications and Publications are sponsoring the “My Colby-Sawyer Experience” Student Art & Essay Contest, an opportunity for students to creatively express their unique experiences through their original art work and essays. Students will also be eligible to win cash prizes and have their work featured in the college's Alumni Magazine; in the online magazine Currents; and/or on the Web site in the “My Colby-Sawyer Experience” section.

What is your Colby-Sawyer Experience?

Have you discovered your life's passion in the classroom, through your research or during an internship or community service project? Is there a professor who has inspired you and become your mentor and friend? It could be that you've learned a lot about yourself, others and life in general through your participation on an athletic team, a student club or in a Pathway seminar or Capstone project.

Perhaps you have had the same roommate for years and cannot imagine college life without him or her. Or maybe you view the entire span of your college years as a life-altering experience that has allowed you to grow and change in unexpected and welcome directions. In essence, the Colby-Sawyer Experience is defined by the aspects of your college life that both mean a great deal to you and which have transformed you in tangible, significant and positive ways.

Capturing your Colby-Sawyer Experience

Once you've identified your distinctive Colby-Sawyer Experience, we'd like you to share it in an original and creative work—either as an art form (ceramics, drawing, graphic design, new or mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, video) or in an essay of 500 to 750 words.

“My Colby-Sawyer Experience” Student Art & Essay Contest Official Rules

How to Enter

To enter, submit your original essay or a high-resolution photograph of your art work that captures your Colby-Sawyer experience to Contact us for an appointment to arrange for dropping off your art work at College Communications at the Caretakers Cottage.

The contest deadline is Monday, April 6, 2009, at 5 p.m.. No exceptions to the deadlines will be granted. Students are encouraged to send their submissions in advance of the deadline whenever possible.

The sponsors are not responsible for entries not received for any reason. The sponsors have the unrestricted right to use submitted materials or portions of submitted materials for promotional purposes on behalf of the college; however, sponsors do not have the right to use or sell the materials for monetary gain. Through their participation, the entrant warrants that his or her material is original and does not infringe the intellectual-property rights of any third party.

Entrants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt from the sponsors within five days of submission. If entrant does not receive acknowledgement, he/she should notify the Office of College Communications at 526-3647 or

Essay Contest

Essays must be between 500 and 750 words, and must be sent as Microsoft Word attachments or pasted as text into the body of an e-mail. Essays that exceed 750 words will not be considered. Essay must be the entrant's original work, created in the 2008-2009 academic year, and should include a title and the name of the writer. Students may submit work completed for class assignments as long it meets the other previously mentioned criteria.

Art Contest

Entrants must submit a high-resolution digital image of their art work in the following art or communications media: audio programs, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, new or mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. Entrant must also submit a written reflection of at least 150 words that describes how the art work represents their Colby-Sawyer experience.

The art work must be the entrant's original work, created in the 2008-2009 academic year, and should include a title and the name of the artist on the reflection piece. The panel of judges will be required to view some of the original works of art depicted in the entrants' photographs before selecting the winners.


All entries will be judged by a panel of College Communications and Publications staff, and faculty members from the Fine and Performing Arts and Humanities departments. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries, and entries that do not comply with all rules, are subject to disqualification. The decisions of judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail by Monday, April 27, 2009.


The contest is open to currently enrolled students of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. Each student is limited to one contest entry.

Prize Description

There will be three awards in each category, essay and art, for first, second and third place prizes. The prizes for the Art & Essay categories include:

  • First place: $300
  • Second place: $200
  • Third place: $100

All taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. The prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind.


The Sponsors of this Contest are the Offices of College Communications and Publications of Colby-Sawyer College.