Art contest draws creative students

Students looking for an opportunity to express their creativity are invited to submit up to five thank-you card designs. The cards will be distributed during Richland’s Appreciation Week April 1 - 5. The deadline for submissions is noon on March 6.

The Council for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring the annual art contest and will select four winning designs.

“We started this in 2010 and at that time, we printed only around 300 cards because we weren’t sure if students wanted to give handwritten thank-you notes. And now we do 4,000 so that is a lot of joy,” said John Drezek, director of the art contest.

All submissions should be in landscape (horizontal) orientation and fit on 4.25’’x 5.5’’ bifold cards. If the design is a 3D image, students are asked to take a picture of it and then submit a digital image. All entries should be submitted as high resolution JPEG files and emailed to Drezek at

The Council for Teaching and Learning will vote on the final four designs. Asel Art Supply will print 1,000 color copies of each of the four winning designs on folded cardstock paper. Students are encouraged to send the free thank-you notes to anyone on campus who has helped them during their time at Richland. It is a great way to acknowledge the kindness of others and also be appreciated by faculty or peers.

During Appreciation Week, thank-you card stations will be located in the library, the ACCESS office, at the welcome desk in Thunderduck Hall, the language lab in Wichita Hall, the learning center in Medina Hall and other campus locations.

Students can fill out the cards and address them to faculty and staff members by including their name, department and office location. The cards are then put in one of the decorated boxes and volunteers will deliver them.

“You never know what others are going through so to get a card from someone is really special,” Drezek said.