Free movies for artwork

The library is giving away $50 gift certificates to Regal Cinemas to the winners of an art contest. The contest, called “Artistic Expression” is open to all students at South Puget Sound Community College.

Contestants will have until Feb. 9 to submit their artistic works, according to Librarian Sarah Kaip.

Submissions must be 2D and are restricted to four categories: drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs.

Submitted artwork will be on display at the library starting Valentine’s Day and ending on Feb. 25. The winner in each category will be selected by votes cast by observers and users of the library, according to a press release issued by the library. Winners will be announced on Feb. 28.

The contest, according to Kaip, is intended to highlight the works of students who regularly take advantage of their library.

“It’s really all about the students who use the library,” said Kaip.

The contest is an opportunity for students to express their creative tendencies, according to Kaip.

“There is a lot of talent on campus,” said Kaip in the press release.

That talent is often expressed by students in the art department, Kaip said, but she and the library made clear that the contest is not affiliated with the art department. Anyone can participate.

“This contest is not affiliated with the art department. Yet art students are encouraged to submit their class projects to the contest,” said the library press release.

Last quarter, the library hosted a contest where students used different research tools available to them on a sort of scavenger hunt. The prize was worth $150 in the form of an iPod Nano, an iTunes gift card, or a GPS navigation system.

This contest is just the beginning for 2011, according to the librarians. Online students will have their chance at a contest designed for them, there is an annual survey and the annual research paper contest, according to the press release.

Another art contest will be held in November, and later a photo-essay contest “that focuses on environmental issues,” according to the librarians.

Information on the contest is available in the library.