Earns Certificate, $500 Check for Wood Block Print on Canvas Creation

PHOTO: Andrew DiMartino accepts his MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange visual communications student Andrew DiMartino (second from left), of Warwick, recently captured first place in the “Plastic-Free Waterways Through Art” competition sponsored by the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

Artwork was submitted by college students from across New York State as part of a campaign to raise awareness about water pollution caused by single-use plastics and to inspire the use of reusable alternatives. Top designs were showcased during a one-night gallery event on May 4 at Orange Hall Gallery at SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus. DiMartino’s winning submission was a wood block print on canvas.

DiMartino was presented his award and winning check for $500 by, from left, Kenneth Armellino, Board treasurer for the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3); Jesse Kerns, program coordinator, Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center; and Lisa Ruggero, program manager, Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center.

Three SUNY Orange students earned honorable mention, including Anthony Martini, of Monroe (graffiti/comic style drawing); Megan Dilorenzo, of Wallkill (original digital artwork); and Brandon Diaz, of Middletown (original digital art). In all, 28 SUNY Orange visual communications students, under the supervision of professor Joe Litow, submitted works to the contest.

PHOTO: Winning artwork submitted by Andrew DiMartino


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