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This year marks the 35th anniversary for “Mosaic,” Ohio State’s art and literature magazine.
The unveiling ceremony Tuesday night at Kuhn’s Honors and Scholars House commemorated the event.
Since 1977, undergraduate students of any major have had the opportunity to submit their work to be in “Mosaic,” which is published once a year, said Stephanie Sanders, a third-year in English and “Mosaic” co-editor-in-chief.
“On the art side, we publish photographs (digital or film), paintings, sculptures, models, literally any visual art,” Sanders said. “For literature, we tend to publish poetry and short stories, but we’re open to other pieces as well, such as essays, interviews. There’s no set genre or topic, we want our art and literature to cover.”
Sanders said to encourage students to contribute to “Mosaic” during the past year, she attended all of the involvement fairs, spoke to classes and hung up posters which were designed by their public relations chair who also maintains its website.
“The unveiling ceremony is a culmination of all the past year’s work,” Sanders said. “Until then, we really have nothing tangible to show for all of our effort. It’s a really proud moment for us. It’s a way to distribute the magazine, recognize student artists and writers and to network. It’s also a really fun way to end the year.”
At the unveiling ceremony, a gallery displayed all published artwork and some of the writers read their works. The first, second and third place prize winners for both art and literature were also announced.
The first place award in art went to Josh Brown, a fourth-year in marketing, with a photograph titled “Vertebrae.” Vanessa Burrowes, a fourth-year in biology, took second place with a photograph titled “Pause.” Third place in art went to Matthew Korn, a second-year in marketing, with a triptych photograph titled “In the Garage.”
For literature awards, first place went to Katelyn Oster, a fourth-year in English, with a poem titled “November 24th.” Maria Hwang, a third-year in English, took second place with an untitled poem. Third place went to Krista Drummond, a fourth-year in English, with a poem titled “Unlit Kitchen.”
The unveiling was held at the Kuhn’s Honors and Scholars House, which also funds “Mosaic.”
According to its website, “Mosaic” holds various events through the year including open mic and comedy nights, art hangings, field trips and readings and lectures relating to art and literature.
Diane Kollman, a first-year in English and next year’s co-editor-in-chief, said she and the other co-editor-in-chief, Alyssa Morell, a second-year in accounting, hope to host more events in the coming year including writing, art and layout design workshops.
“We both look forward to making ‘Mosaic’ more widely known on campus and more accessible to different students,” Kollman said.
Sanders said a lot of work goes into publishing “Mosaic,” with the process beginning last spring.
After choosing the editorial board, they began brainstorming new ways to recruit members and submissions, Sanders said. In the fall, a call was put out to artists and writers to submit their work. Applications for art, literature and layout staffs were also sent at this time.
During Winter Quarter, the art and literature editors started meeting with their staffs and reviewing the pieces that were submitted. During their weekly meetings, they would distribute the submissions, discuss them and then vote on whether or not each piece fit their publishing standards.
Max Stauffer, a third-year in English and co-literature editor, gave credit to his staff for the work they put into “Mosaic” this past year.
“I am extremely proud of my staff, who were just as eager as I to create a wonderful magazine,” Stauffer said. “Without their hard work and dedication, the magazine would not exist.”
Overall, Sanders said the magazine’s goal is to recognize the work of undergraduate students.
“‘Mosaic’ wants to provide an outlet for the many undergraduate artists and writers on campus,” Sanders said. “We’ve noticed that there is a glaring lack of recognition for artists and writers here, and we wanted to change that.”