AHS Student Wins Top Honor in First Annual Photography Contest
The Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum announced the winners of its first annual Arcadia Juried Photography Contest and Exhibition at an opening ceremony on May 30. The theme of this exhibition was to “let people see the beauty of Arcadia,” and the exhibition was co-curated by Dana Dunn and Iris Chen. The contest was sponsored by the Santa Anita Race Track, and prizes included a Westfield Santa Anita gift card, Nintendo DS, Canon digital camera, IPod shuffle, and other goodies.
Photographs were split into two categories, students and adults, and judged by Rachel Fermi, Lloyd Fujiwara, and John Fang. The winners for the student category included Jeffery Chen, Emily Khuu, and Alison Yeh, and the winners of the adult category included Ellie Dorrance, Chao-Jung Chu, and Josephine Shen. The judges’ favorite, the top prize, was awarded to “Backyard Vista” by William Scott Fairbanks, a current senior at Arcadia High School who will be attending USC this fall.
The main goal of the contest was to “create awareness about the Historical Museum and Society,” especially among students, according to co-curator Iris Chen. Carolyn Garner-Reagan, the Director of Library and Museum and Services, was amazed by the “depth of interest” in the contest and exhibition despite being its first year of existence.
The exhibition will be open until August 15, 2009, displaying the photographs of all participants and winners. The Arcadia Historical Museum is located at 380 West Huntington Drive in Arcadia.
By Morgan Carpenter