Montage promotes artistic input on campus

By on March 9, 2011

Quinnipiac’s Montage is getting digitized.

With the launch of its website qumontage.com on Sunday, March 6, the organization is promoting more involvement from the community with its student-run art and literary magazine.

With the site’s new voting system, students campus-wide can submit their artwork, photography, poetry, or short stories to the website, and allow the rest of Quinnipiac to vote for the best works to be featured in the spring publication.

Lila Carney, assistant director of student media, said she is excited about the campus’s involvement as well as using the website to publicize the organization, its magazine, and upcoming events.

“We envision the site to be a creative outlet for the artists on campus,” Carney said. “It’s a place where student artwork and writing will be on show for the rest of the campus community to admire.”

Senior Samantha Schlemm is one of the co-editors of Montage, along with senior Molly Heintzelman.

Schlemm said she looks forward to making the magazine’s selection process an event everyone can participate in.

“We’re also hoping that the new website will encourage more artists to see what other students have created and inspire them to submit their own work as well,” Schlemm said. “The website is also a great way for the students who don’t make it into the magazine to share their creative abilities and work. Often we have students submit more than one great piece, but we can only publish one. Now everyone can see all of their work.”

Heintzelman also believes the website will continue to help Montage’s success.

“Although I won’t be here for the future of Montage, I’m hoping the website will increase submissions and make Montage more of a year long art blog that happens to be published in the spring,” Heintzelman said.

All submissions will be posted anonymously to the site. Students may submit up to five pieces of artwork and/or five pieces of short writing to be voted on.

Schlemm said about 50 pieces will be chosen for publication–most likely 25 photos or artwork and 25 pieces of writing.

“We thought getting students, faculty and staff involved in choosing the work that will be published will get them excited to see the final product and the work they voted for in print,” Carney said. “We figure the more involvement from the campus community, the more people who will want to be involved in the coming years.”

The publication will be released during the last week of classes this semester.

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