Contest posters promote diversity in McClelland Art Gallery

"Posters are very effective because they distill a message," says Joann Herrington, the chair of the Multicultural Committee at Union College. "[Viewers] only need to look at a poster for a few seconds and the message jumps out at them. It's very effective in communicating a message."

Always innovative, this past spring the committee decided to emphasize diversity through a competition in the arts. The thought-provoking posters of Emily Eskildsen ('07 graduate and first place winner) and other entrants may be viewed in the McClelland Art Gallery through Feb. 6. Poster entries of any media within 16 x 24 inches were accepted. The majority of entrants chose to use their graphic design skills and produced digital art.

The Multicultural Committee raises racial and cultural awareness, as well as instigating change when necessary. Their typical work ranges from proposing harassment policies for Union College, dialoguing with students, faculty and staff, and quarterly events. Last year's events included a panel discussion and display of American Indian made items, a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and an Asian/Pacific Islander dining theme at Union Market.

The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.