Submissions will be displayed in a fall semester exhibition in the Drake Memorial Library and one artwork will be selected a “The Best of Show.”

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All students in the 2017 Summer Reading Program are invited to create a work of art inspired by Wes Moore’s book, The Work

Submissions will be displayed in a fall semester exhibition in the Drake Memorial Library and one artwork will be selected as “The Best of Show” by faculty from the Department of Art. The winner and a friend or guest will be invited to a reception with the author on October 5th, 2017 and awarded a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble bookstore.

Moore’s book addresses issues of community, service, success, and creating lives that matter. Through close examination of his own life’s journey and sharing the stories of other individuals that have created
meaningful lives, Moore encourages readers to ask how they can also design and live lives that matter.
The author suggests using “our own specific ideals, talents, and resources–to find ways of not just
working to live, but finding the work of our lives.”


Choose a passage from the book that inspires you and create a work of art based on your selection—
think of the artwork as a visual illustration or interpretation of the ideas expressed in your selection.


Create an artwork that is inspired by an actual activity, event, or goal in your own life that is
philosophically related to the concepts presented in the book and that has been a transformative
experience in shaping you as an individual, your community, or the world.

Consider the following possibilities

  • Two-dimensional image making techniques: drawing, painting, collage, photography, digital art.
  • Three-dimensional object making techniques: small scale construction or sculpture.

Entry Guidelines

Create a small-scale artwork (approx. 8-12 inches) using materials of your choice. The inspiration for your idea must relate to an idea /concept presented in the book, The Work, and based on either of the two options listed above.

  • Securely attach to your submission(s) a copy of the book excerpt (and page number) or a brief
    narrative about your own transformative experience that inspired the creation of your work of art.
  • Make sure to include your name and Banner ID Number on the back of your entry.
  • There is a limit of two entries per student.

All entries must be submitted on or before September 22 at noon. 

Entries should be delivered to Associate Professor Lori Mills, 208 Tower Fine Arts building. Email: or phone: (585) 395-2313.

Last Updated 8/29/17

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