UA Class Closes with UApresents Competition

La Monica Everett-Haynes
Nov. 29, 2012

After spending much of the fall semester designing artwork for a chance to represent UApresents' 2013-2014 season, UA students in Jackson Boelts' art class tacked up their poster boards one after another.

It was time for the formal pitch to the UApresents staff. 

Audrey Hall emphasized the genre of music, colors and costumes, producing a design that celebrated the expansive performance-based repertoire the arts organization introduces year after year.

For Scott Francisco, the emphasis was on energy and abstract movement.

With the contributions UApresents makes to communities both on and off campus, Troy Valenzuela produced an expressionist piece.

In the end, William Aguayo earned first bidding. Aguayo's design will be unveiled during the spring and will represent UApresents' 2013-2014 season.

Also, Shane Csontos-Popko, a UA visual communications senior, was named a runner-up for his design.

In addition to the recognition, he and Aguayo received a cash prize for the work, and the entire class received a complimentary pair of tickets to a UApresents performance this season.

"We were thrilled with the twenty-three designs that were submitted," said Chuck Tennes, executive director of UApresents. “The quality of the work from Professor Boelt’s class is always outstanding.” 

After the initial judging, the pool was narrowed to eight finalists.

"That’s when the hard part began,” said Tennes. "We would have been proud to use any of the eight contenders. The final selection was based not just on artistic merit, but on its adaptability for a variety of uses, and its ability to communicate the style and quality of the upcoming season.”

Csontos-Popko, who chose to produce three distinctly different pieces, said his usual process is starting with a broad idea, then building on the concept piece by piece.

"I find that the most successful pieces come about as happy accidents," Csontos-Popko said. "Working digitally allows me to be extremely versatile with my experimenting without fear of permanently ruining what I've worked on thus far."

And he typically spends more than eight hours on a piece.

"I think the most significant part of this class was actually the UApresents competition because it encompassed not only creating artwork, but meeting with the client and having to present ourselves in front of a crowd," he said.

"It was a real sink or swim type of moment. I saw all of my classmates try their best and make some fantastic artwork along the way too," Csontos-Popko also said. "I think the idea of competition can scare some people, but at the same time it's an amazing feeling to know you will rise to the occasion."

Visit on Nov. 30 to read about the competition winner, William Aguayo.



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