On Monday afternoon, Humber students, faculty, friends and family came together to acknowledge the Humber Art Show awards. The event was organized by Public Relations students, and sponsored by Humber Student Success and Engagement and IGNITE.

This year’s Broadway-themed celebration began with a performance from Humber Music students Cynthia Fay, Vanessa Astarita, and Ryan Vottero. After student winners were presented with their awards, attendees were encouraged to mingle and enjoy themed mock-tails, popcorn, cupcakes, and other sweet treats.Sweet treats at Humber's art show

Ruby Boamah, public relations chair of the event, explained the reception wasn’t just for art students. “We received submissions from Business students, PR students, Creative Writing students. It goes to show that everyone has an artist within them,” she said.

More than one hundred pieces of art were on display. Artistic expressions fell into five categories: drawing, painting, photography, digital, and mixed media. Prizes were awarded from first to third place, in addition to honourable mentions and a Juror’s Pick.Humber’s Lights! Camera! Art! Show

All first-place winners and Juror’s Pick selections will continue on to compete internationally at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s student art competition in June. Last year, two Humber students took first and second place in the competition. “Humber is the only Canadian college that participates, so it’s important to keep representing our school in that department,” said Boamah.

Michel Johnson-Figueredo won first place in the Photography category for his work titled Barrio de Arte. A Public Relations student, he said receiving an award for his work is a first for him. “I just started doing this six months ago,” he said. He credits the encouragement and equipment available to him in the PR program with his drive to capture a vision. “I’ve always been fearful of what people I would think,” he said. “It goes to show that you can be nobody and have your art appreciated. It’s such a good feeling.” Johnson-Figueredo added that events like this are especially important for artists to support one another. “You have to clap for other artists, that’s really important for the community.”

“We just want people to appreciate the artists’ hard work, and the beauty of creativity,” said Boamah.

View more of Johnson-Figueredo’s work here.
See the full list of winners here.