Asnuntuck Community College is continuing several traditions, albeit virtually this Spring. The college is showcasing its students’ artwork and writing, on its website.

Each Spring, student artwork is displayed as part of a public exhibition at the college. This year, an online art gallery is allowing the college to honor and celebrate artwork created in a variety of courses offered at Asnuntuck. More then 50 pieces of artwork are featured in the exhibit.

 Professors Michael Demers, Adam Bernard, Reagen Holt, and Susan Montgomery selected artwork from their students enrolled in, Drawing 1 and 2, Art Appreciation, Design 1, Printmaking 1, Painting 1 and Digital Photo courses for the unique gallery.

Visit the gallery at https://asnuntuck.edu/onlinestudentartexhibition/.

Writers are also being showcased on Asnuntuck’s website as well. Annually, the College’s Freshwater Literary Journal invites writers from around the world to submit work for their publication. The Journal, produced at the College for the past 20 years, is online this year. The Journal also offers an opportunity for writers to submit their work to a short story writing contest. The winners, selected from 40 submissions, have been announced. The contest was opened to Connecticut community college and state university students. Kate Senecal, Fiction Writer and Assistant Director of the Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop served as the contest’s judge.

The Journal’s annual festival, which includes appearances by writers and readings from the contest winners, has been cancelled due to the College’s temporary closure due to COVID-19 precautions. The Journal’s advisor Asnuntuck Professor John Sheirer worked with participants to coordinate a video compilation of the students selected as winners and surrogates to read the winning submissions.

This year’s winners are, first prize Kathleen Roy: “2037” (Manchester CC; second prize Brandon L. Kroll: “Terminal” (ACC); third prize Sarah Martin: “Letter From War” (ACC); first honorable mention  Deanna Theodore: “The Lost Bond” (ACC);  second honorable mention Michelle Lowther: “Never Free” (ACC) and third honorable mention Makenzie O’Kanos: “The Old Silas House” (ACC).

The Journal, with a cover photographed by ACC Alum John (Mason) Beiter,  can be read by visiting  https://asnuntuck.edu/about/community-engagement/freshwater-literary-journal/

The Freshwater 2020 contest video, featuring readings of the winning entries and honorable mentions can be viewed on the ACC YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAh0xLsA6lY

Registration is currently underway for Summer session and the Fall semester at Asnuntuck. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu for additional information.