Editor’s Note: In Feb. 11’s story, “Parking Services Plans Permit Art Competition,” it was incorrectly stated that Dilling Yang will head the committee that selects the artwork for next year’s parking permits. That committee does not yet have a chair.
The Nexus regrets these errors.
Students will have a chance to exhibit their artwork in car windows all over campus next year through the Transportation & Parking Services’ 2nd annual permit artwork contest.
The theme of this year’s artwork submissions should reflect the university’s cultural diversity and civic pride, and it must fit inside the 1-by-1-inch space on the pass, said David Connors, sales and citation manager for Transportation & Parking Services (TPS). He said the contest will give students an opportunity to have their artwork featured on roughly 5,000 to 6,000 university-issued parking permits next year, and an undecided monetary prize is also being awarded, Connors said.
“Last year we had a myriad of different types of artwork,” Connors said. “We tried to select a cross-section.”
The TPS website states a committee made up of judges from the university’s academic and administrative communities, such as Associated Students and the Art Studio Dept., will consider submissions. Chancellor Henry Yang’s wife, Dilling Yang, will head the committee. Dilling Yang helped judge the first contest last year. Connors said the committee would select as many entries as they see fit.
Connors said images that have simple compositions, high contrast and large areas of bold color work best on permits.
Out of the 80 submissions last year, seven students went home with the grand prize of $300, in addition to public recognition, Conors said.
Third-year film studies major Justin Andrews’ submission last year was one of the pieces of artwork the 2003 committee chose. Andrews said he was pleasantly surprised with the award, as it was his first art contest. His submission was of a green leaf, which he had seen in cars on campus.
“It was kind of cool,” he said. “I was just walking around campus when I noticed leaves on a particular tree that looked nice when the sun was setting.”
Andrews said the award also had some professional value. He used the art piece and the recognition in his portfolio for an internship.
“I hope it continues to help in the future,” Andrews said.
He said he plans on entering the contest again this year.
Connors, a UCSB alum, said he came up with the idea for the art contest. In past years, the permits displayed pictures of sites on campus like Storke Tower, but Connors said he thought it would better to leave it up to the student body to express how it views the campus.
“I wanted something fun that incorporated the student body,” he said.
The artwork must be submitted by email to Connors by March 3. For more information, interested students can e-mail Connors at .