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GRCC student art, magazine ‘Display’ celebrates 50 years


By Sean P. Mulhall – Editor-in-Chief

This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Display,” and time is running out to submit work.

Once every semester the Art and English Departments at Grand Rapids Community College work together to publish a magazine that features work created exclusively by GRCC students.

All the works are selected by a committee of four students.

Faculty from each department meet with the advisers of the magazine, Robin Van Rooyen and Maryann Lesert, from Art and English respectively, and two students from each department are picked to curate the work for the magazine.

“At that point Maryann and myself will approach the students and ask if they would like to take on the responsibility,” Van Rooyen said. “So far, no one has turned us down.”

According to Van Rooyen, the students may not always make the decisions that faculty would agree with in the end, but the advisers leave the decisions up to the student jurors.

“We try to focus on quality concepts,” Van Rooyen said. “That being said, (Maryann and I) have no say in what is ultimately selected for the magazine. That is entirely up to the students … Historically (the students) have made great decisions.”

The deadline for publishing a piece of writing (short fiction, essays, poetry, one act plays) is Nov. 13, with the art (photography, drawing, painting, design) deadline a week later on Nov. 20.

After the final selections are made, a publication date will be decided.