About 50 up-and-coming artists from Southern California colleges entered LA Opera’s annual College Art Contest for The Clemency of Titus, and we’ve now chosen our three winners.
Thanks to the continuous and generous support of GRoW @ Annenberg, a philanthropic initiative of the Annenberg Foundation, local college students were invited to compete for cash and glory by creating their own original artwork inspired by LA Opera’s The Clemency of Titus (opening March 2). The show’s performance program will feature the first place submission on the cover.
Jesslyn Brundy of Cal State-Northridge took away the top prize of $5,000 with her artwork depicting the burning of Rome. LA Opera chatted with Brundy soon after her win. Apparently, she was at work when she found out.
“My jaw dropped when I opened the email,” said Brundy. “I really couldn’t believe it, mostly because it was my first time entering the contest.”
Being a young, aspiring designer, this win is a big step for Brundy’s career. Her winning submission, she says, combines both traditional and modern styles, something she noticed LA Opera also does in its productions.
“I tried to create a contemporary take on a classic,” said Brundy on her winning design. “I am just so, so thrilled to find out I won. It’s a boost of encouragement.”
Dalia Marin of Cal State-San Bernardino won $2,000 for second place and Alyssa Damore of Pasadena City College won $1,000 for third place. The winners were picked by a jury of art, opera and marketing experts, chaired by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Regina Weingarten.
All three winning designs will be featured in the lobby during performances, and the winners are invited to celebrate with the cast at a special supper that will follow opening night of the production.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.