Summer University student art contest winner announced

Laura Curioli’s artwork, featuring her photography, has been selected as the winning entry in the student art contest sponsored by the University of Maine Division of Lifelong Learning. Her design will be used on this year’s Summer University poster and in other promotions.

Curioli, who grew up in Eastport and lives in Hampden, is a double major in history and secondary education, with a concentration in social studies. She is expected to graduate in May and plans to further her education at UMaine through the master’s program in history. 

Curioli is currently pursing her second year of research on the history of educational philosophies through the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR). Also at UMaine, she has worked for Auxiliary Enterprises in marketing, and for the Division of Marketing and Communications as a student photographer.

The images Curioli created and used to design her concept for the Summer University poster were taken in the state, including at UMaine, Acadia National Park and the Orono Bog Walk. She credits her experience as a student photographer with helping to refine her photography skills.

“One of my favorite activities is to explore Maine and document its natural wonders,” Curioli says. “My inspiration for this poster was to display many of these wonders, large and small, in a format that represents biology; hence, the hexagonal design. Much like cellular networks are represented in a hexagon form, I wanted this poster to represent the network of Maine’s nature. To me, Summer University can be represented by the amazing environment you get to experience in Maine’s outdoors in addition to pursuing your education.”

Summer University registration begins Feb. 1. More information is online.