Art2Park contest winner is announced

Art2Park contest winner is announced

Hannah Lentz

Creative pieces of art are not something often associated with pre-dental students studying biomedical sciences. Breaking these expectations is junior Paige Osler.

“I have never entered a contest or anything like this before, but I am proud of the final product of my entry. I took photography and Photoshop classes all throughout high school, so I thought this would be a fun project to try out.”

Osler’s design received 23 percent of the 1,534 votes in the final round of the parking department’s Art 2 Park competition. Osler will be presented with a certificate by Renee Freeman, director of public safety at GVSU, at a future date to be determined.

“I feel like the students chose Paige’s design because, as students at Grand Valley, we are able to enjoy the beautiful sunsets, and this design pictured one,” said Paige Melick, Art2Park intern.

Osler’s winning design featured a photograph of the Mary Idema Pew Library with a reflection of a sunset. The parking pass will be displayed on all cars registered on campus through the parking department. This year, 10,562 student permits were sold.

“I choose to use a photo of the new library, because I know personally as a student here at Grand Valley, I was very excited when it opened,” Osler said. “The innovation and sustainability completely exceeded my expectations. The old Zumberge Library had such limitations on the amount of space and availability. Being a Laker, I am proud of the way that our university always strives for excellence.”

It took Osler several days to create a design entry for the contest. After making several different designs and editing them according to her friends’ responses, she eventually came up with the final product.

“Anyone can do it; you don’t have to be an art major,” Osler said. “There were a lot of really creative ideas, you could really go anywhere with it.”

As the winner of the competition, Osler will receive a parking pass, free of charge, for the 2015-2016 school year, which is currently a $360 value.

“I have lived in off-campus apartments the last two years, and have never needed a parking pass,” Osler said. “However, I will be moving downtown in the fall and will be commuting to Allendale for classes, so having a parking pass would be very convenient on the snowy winter days or even when I may be running late.”