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Childhood memory, other inspirations turn into first place art awards for Hinds CC students

Growing up in Mexico, Sol Dominguez cherished moments of play when they happened, mainly with her older brother, Alonso.

In February, one moment photographed years ago in black and white became an intriguing mix of colors on her computer screen – and won her a first place prize in the process.

“The little boy is my brother, and I’m the little girl,” Dominguez said. “My father was always taking pictures of us.”

Sol Dominguez holds a copy of her piece, "My Brother and Me," which was awarded first place in the graphic design category at the Mississippi Community & Junior College Art Instructor’s Association State Art Competition earlier this semester. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Sol Dominguez holds a copy of her piece, “My Brother and Me,” which was awarded first place in the graphic design category at the Mississippi Community & Junior College Art Instructor’s Association State Art Competition earlier this semester. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Dominguez, who lives in Canton with her mother and is hearing-impaired, took first place in the graphic design category of the Mississippi Community & Junior College Art Instructor’s Association State Art Competition earlier this semester. The winning piece was based on a photo of Alonso helping Sol, then a toddler, push a stroller across the family living room. Their father took the photo in 1973, she said.

“It is called “My Brother and Me”,” Dominguez said.

The black-and-white photo of Sol Dominguez, then an infant, and her brother, Alonso. Dominguez said her father took the photo in 1973.

The black-and-white photo of Sol Dominguez, then an infant, and her brother, Alonso. Dominguez said her father took the photo in 1973.

In all, seven students at Hinds took home awards in four categories at this year’s ceremony, held at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. The event site rotates among the state’s 15 community colleges each year.

Winners also included:

  • Nicolette Davis, of Vicksburg, first place, photography, “Barbie-Q”
  • T’Merius Bell, of Port Gibson, third place, printmaking, “Ursus Kingdom”
  • Lindsey Pace, of Vicksburg, third place, photography, “Together”
  • Tenisha Webber, of Jackson, third place, ceramics, “Aged Elegance”
  • Mary Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City, honorable mention, printmaking, “For Safe Keeping”
  • Darla Schallenberger, of Richland, honorable mention, ceramics, “Corn Dog”

“It is a great opportunity for our art students,” said Melanie Atkinson, an art instructor at Hinds’ Raymond Campus and director of the art gallery on campus. “For most, it is the first time that any of their work has been presented and seen in a professional setting. It is also the students’ first real insight into all the work that goes on behind the scenes of a real art show. The learning experience for them is invaluable.”

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    Danny Barrett Jr. is a 17-year journalist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. Barrett covered county government and business at The Vicksburg Post for 10 years and came to Hinds Community College in 2015.

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