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Spencer Museum announces 2017 Brosseau Creativity Award recipients

Thursday, May 18, 2017

LAWRENCE — The Spencer Museum of Art proudly announces the 2017 recipients of the Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards. Established by benefactor Lavon Brosseau in 2011, the awards honor thought-provoking creative work in the categories of writing and diverse media from undergraduate students in any field.

This year’s submissions reflected a diversity of disciplines and types of projects, including honors theses and research papers, film scripts and productions, a magazine and musical compositions. Award recipients were selected by a cross-disciplinary review committee, which noted that a significant number of submissions dealt with social justice issues in critical, creative ways across media.

In the writing category, Liz James of Overland Park was recognized for her interdisciplinary paper “Glenn Ligon and Frederick Douglass: Nearly Three Centuries of Black Male Identity in America.” Committee members noted that the piece “masterfully combines an examination of issues working across media with the complexities of race.” James is a senior majoring in art history, English and French.

In the diverse media category, Trevor Bashaw of Manhattan was recognized for their multimedia transcript “Some Queer Shit,” which combines poetry, critical and philosophical writing, personal accounts and visual art. Committee members were impressed with Bashaw’s ability to “connect personal experience in such a complicated, multilayered work.” Bashaw is a sophomore majoring in English with a minor in art history.

The committee also awarded an honorable mention in diverse media to Hunter Harding for her short film “Trippy Firedance.” Harding is a junior majoring in film and media studies with a minor in journalism.

The Spencer Museum is pleased to recognize these students for their creativity and innovation. Excerpts from the recipients’ projects are available online.