Congratulations Student Printmaker Winners

Hands holding a screen print of an oil refinery

On May 6, 26 Student Printmaker applicants were invited to submit their prints for jurying in the hopes of winning a portion of $4,000 the LAPS Foundation was offering outstanding College/University printmakers for the year 2023.  Of those 26, nine were chosen for Grant monies ranging from $750 to $150.  The jurors had difficult decisions to make, as much of the art work was of high quality. The jurors, LAPS Foundation President Diane McLeod, Foundation Treasurer Gail Jacobs, retired Foundation Treasurer Masha Schweitzer and Los Angeles Printmaking Society President Karen Fiorito spent more than three hours making their decisions, regretting only that there were no more funds to go around to other deserving Printmakers.

A week later, on May 13, an Awards Ceremony was held at the The Artists’ Gallery (TAG) in Los Angeles.  Karen, who is a member and on the Board of this beautiful collective art space, gave an informational presentation about the member owned and run gallery.  She told visitors about the gallery spaces, which are numerous and continue upstairs and the exhibition scheduling. Students in particular got to see an excellent option for finding a place one can participate in and have opportunities to not only show their art but to interact collectively in support of the gallery’s existence.

Congratulations to all of the outstanding student printmaker winners. And many thanks to those who came out to see their family, friends or loved ones win a significant award that will not only help them in their pursuits of printmaking, but will be an important addition to their resumes.  All the winners are invited to become student members of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.

Mary Christen Vu of California State University Long Beach with her showstopping screenprint
A beautiful work by Samantha Roun of Golden West College
A stunning print by Cal State Long Beaches own Maurice Green
Vanna Henderson-Carr of California State University Long Beach
Adrianna Rodriguez of La Sierra University, Riverside holding her masterpiece

1st Place:

Rhodes Rozman, Fullerton College $750

Emily Cladinos, California State University Long Beach $750

Casey Rubenfeld, California State University Long Beach $750

2nd Place:

Mary Christen Vu, California State University Long Beach $400

Nicholas Vasquez, California State University Long Beach $400

Vanna Henderson-Carr, California State University Long Beach $400

3rd Place:

Maurice Green, California State University Long Beach $200

Samantha Roun, Golden West College $200

Honorable Mention:

Adrianna Rodriguez, La Sierra University, Riverside $150


Diane McLeod holds a beautiful print by Casey Rubenfeld of California State University Long Beach
Rhodes Rozman from Fullerton College submitted this piece and brought home the prize