Student at the UGA Cortona wins contest design in Italy

Athens, Ga. – Kelsey Smith, a college student participating in the University of Georgia studies abroad program in Cortona, Spring 2014, won first place on the Drinking on the Right Side Alcohol Awareness Art Show competition, held in Florence, Italy. 

The design contest was primarily sponsored by the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, and Testadialkol, an organization started by Italian students, whose mission is to combat the abuse of alcohol by both youth and adults.
 
The participation in the art competition served to engage U.S. students with local community while studying abroad in Italy.  The challenge was to design a poster that would encourage the responsible consumption of alcohol. 

Smith, from Rye, New York, is a rising senior majoring in Studio Art at St. Lawrence University. She studied painting while at UGA Cortona, and with her art work, she won the grand prize of €500 (approximately $680) in the design contest. “I had a wonderful experience on the UGA Cortona program, and after receiving such great news about the poster contest shortly after I left Italy, I look back on my time in Tuscany with even more fondness,” said Smith. “Studying in Cortona was the best decision I've ever made. Nestled in a dreamlike medieval village, the UGA Cortona program offers the highest quality art instruction and facilities, and an intimate cultural experience. For the first time ever, I wielded a blow torch with my metals professor, who is world-renownded for her craft, and I painted with my peers in a deconsecrated chapel.”

The art show competition had the presence of reporters and videographers interviewing the contest organizers, the jurors, and winners about their work, including the national media outlets RAI Television and La Nazione newspaper.  The La Nazione interview with Cristina Giachi, one of the jurors of the contest, features Kelsey’s design. The complete interview can be viewed at http://www.testadialkol.it/wordpress/notte-bianca-firenze-2014-mostra-sul-bere-consapevole-degli-studenti-americani-con-testadialkol/ 

Here is the winning poster:
Pictures of the event:



The La Nazione interviews Cristina Giachi, one of the jurors of the contest. The interview features Kelsey’s design.