Each year, Bousquet Holstein PLLC is proud to sponsor a photography contest for Syracuse City and Onondaga County high school students in grades 9 through 12. 2018 is our 10th year showcasing the creative and photographic skills of students in our county and city schools.
As we have done every year, our inspiration for a theme comes from the Everson Museum of Art. This year our contest will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the I.M. Pei designed building that is home to the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse.
When the Everson opened in 1968 it was dubbed “a work of art for works of art.” As the first museum designed by internationally-acclaimed architect I.M. Pei, the Everson’s design has been credited with launching Pei’s career and putting the museum at the forefront of contemporary architecture. I.M. Pei designed the Everson Museum of Art to be a grand sculptural object. Pei’s design compels the visitor to move around the building to discover its forms and spaces. What begins as a search for the front door becomes a journey to experience art and architecture from a new point of view.
I.M. Pei stated, “Architecture is the very mirror of life. You only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the reflection of society.”
This year’s photo contest theme is titled “Architecture – Mirror of Life”. With the inspiration of I.M. Pei’s vision, this year we ask students to capture photographs of architecture from different perspectives and viewpoints to reveal the inspiration of the past and the spirit of the place.
Bousquet Holstein PLLC and its members have been consistent supporters of the arts and education in our city and county. Each year we feature the 1st Place winning photograph on our Thanksgiving card which we mail to our clients. In the liner notes of the greeting cards we include a brief biography about the artist, the theme, and the subject matter of their image. In late October, we host a showing of the top 20+ entries at a reception for finalists and their immediate families and teachers at which time the winning photo is announced. Cash scholarship prizes are awarded to students for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place photographs and a donation by the firm is made to the visual arts department of the 1st Place winning school. In 2016, we also awarded two additional “Honorable Mention” prizes. The winning images have also been showcased in local newspapers and many schools choose to congratulate their winning students in their monthly newsletters to parents.
Masthead Photo: 2016 First Place Winner, Emma Hutchings, a sophomore at Marcellus High School. Her teacher is Tara Charles.
The image, titled “Freeze”, was taken in a Marcellus neighborhood on a sunny afternoon with children running around outside playing with balls. The image was edited from color to black and white.