Winners chosen for People's Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor from Sketch to Street Competition

Published on May 02, 2017
Untitled, Melanie VazquezUntitled, Melanie Vazquez

Columbia College Chicago is excited to announce the winners of this year’s People’s Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor from Sketch to Street urban mural competition. For those who may not know, this competition was a chance for students to submit art to be featured on the south-facing wall of 623 S. Wabash Avenue. Just in time for Manifest, the winners have been chosen.

In first place, the winning mural proposal goes to Untitled, 2017 by Melanie Vazquez (‘18). Melanie Vazquez describes her current artistic practice as a way of, “reminding the audience, not only of Mexican culture, but also of various cultures and religions that seem to be getting lost in the current disarray of politics in the United States.” Winning second place was Toxic Burning, 2017 created by Shelby Gahm (‘17). Shelby Gahm’s current work is a color focused visual response, “rooted in short, direct, personal writings”. Following these winning proposals, Melanie Vazquez and Shelby Gahm will both have the opportunity to exhibit their mural proposals as part of the Wabash Arts Corridor’s rotating mural series. 

This year’s Peoples Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor from Sketch to Street competition took place from March 30th to April 26th at Columbia College Chicago’s The Arcade. Visitors to the exhibition were able to view a variety of student mural proposals and vote on which one was their favorite. Last year’s winning students included work from JJ McLuckie and Andrea Dunn.

The Wabash Arts Corridor competition is an excellent way for students to display their art to the local community in a way that also enriches Columbia College Chicago and everyone who visits. Thank you to everyone who contributed work to the competition and voted on pieces, and we encourage students to participate in the future.