Dozens of Brookdale community members gathered in the Student Life Center on May 8 to officially launch this year’s Collage arts magazine.
The free, 107-page publication features nearly 80 short stories, poems, paintings, photos and other artwork by dozens of student artists.
Brookdale faculty, staff, students and administrators – including interim Executive Vice President of Educational Services Dr. Richard Fulton, Dean David Stout and Dean Nancy Kegelman – stopped by on May 8 to grab a copy and listen to some select readings from the magazine.
The featured speakers, including multilingual storyteller Gerardo Ramirez and student-poet Monica Ribeiro, highlighted the diverse the range of content found in this year’s Collage.
“We have students from every division of the college,” said associate art Professor Marie Maber, who served as Collage co-advisor with associate English Professor Kathleen Kennedy and graphic design instructor Basem Hassan.
“Anna Renee Hunter is a radiology student, who contributed poetry and these amazing drawings made with Prizmacolor marker. Patricia Lafferty, a biology student, contributed her own photos and took all of the artwork photos for the magazine. That’s the amazing thing about Collage. It showcases just how much talent we have here at Brookdale.”
In addition to creating the content, Brookdale students also served as editors, designers and promoters of the magazine.
Collage staff members Caroline Guinee, Luz Castrillon Roldan, Kenny Bieber, Patricia Lafferty, Robert Scott and Karla Smith spent weeks collecting submissions, curating content, laying out the magazine and finally promoting it to the college community.
During the launch party, which also featured complimentary refreshments and ample opportunity for fellow artists to mingle, Guinee said she was both extremely proud and extremely relieved.
“We’re all full-time students, and we all put a lot of hard work into this,” said Guinee, editor-in-chief of Collage 2015. “It’s almost unbelievable to hold the final product in your hands. I almost teared up a bit. We couldn’t be more proud.”
That level of dedication, Maber said, has helped make Collage one of the most recognized student arts publications in the region. Collage 2014 won a Silver Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, while Collage 2013 won the association’s coveted Gold Crown Award.
Is this year’s magazine worthy of a gold medal? Pick up your free copy in the English Department, English and Reading Division office, the Writing Center and the Art Department to find out.
To learn how to get involved with next year’s Collage, contact the Office of Student Life and Activities or click here to learn more.
Check out more photos of the launch party here.