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Thingery to sponsor Tech’s Makers Month

April 12, 2018

 

DESTIN SHIMER

Staff Reporter | dcs033@latech.edu

 

The Thingery and the Innovation Enterprise believe in Louisiana Tech’s students’ artistic abilities. Both April and May have been dubbed “Makers Month” by these two organizations in effort to spark creativity on campus and garner attention for  Tech’s local student artists.

 

By holding a campus-wide competition, The Great Maker Show, they seek to involve students from all majors, backgrounds  and classifications in a grand celebration of human creativity.

 

“We believe everyone is a maker, whether or not you see yourself as a creative person,” said Kyle Botts, a University Innovation Fellow who volunteers at The Thingery. “Maybe you’re a business or kinesiology major, and you may not see yourself as particularly artistic––we want you to enter whatever you make in your free time.”

 

Boasting a $1,000 grand prize, both associations hope to stir up enough excitement for a hearty contest. Innovation Enterprise desires to see diversity in their submissions, and in order to moderate the competition fairly, The Thingery has selected judges that represent all major facets of the student body.

 

According to Cecile Jennings, director of communications at The Thingery, entries will be judged by a panel of around 10 people, a group comprised of a few Ruston-based artists and a handful of Tech design, architecture and engineering professors.

 

“The local makers, our panel of artists and Tech faculty and staff, those will be the ones judging the entries,” Jennings said.

 

This array of people whose interests and skills differ so vastly is necessary to ensure a fair and open-minded panel of judges, all scouring the entries for a winner showcasing three key components: craft, quirk and concept.

 

“This is a very expansive contest,” Jennings said. “We want many departments involved because every profession and major demands some sort of artistic or creative talent.”

 

The judging of the entries will take place May 8, but the organizations’ deadline is set for April 13. While many students have already submitted their work, there are a few still applying the final touches to their pieces before the deadline rolls around.

 

Nik Durman, a junior history major who intends to submit an essay in The Great Maker Show, said if the organizations’ effort to attract artists from all corners of campus is successful, the bout for the cash will be pretty steep. He said he hopes to win, but his only focus is creating a work in which he is proud.

 

“I just want to present a solid piece,” Durman said. “Hopefully it’s received well, but I just want to do my best.”

 

He also made remarks on his appreciation of Tech’s attempts to nourish the expressive culture on campus.

 

“It’s encouraging to see a collection of creation and innovation in such a small town like Ruston,”he said. “The Great Maker Show allows for the university to display the type of talent it attracts, which I believe has a long-term benefit for the Tech community.”

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