GCC wins big in Artists of Promise competition

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
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It’s what every artist strives for, recognition of their craft and knowing that their work has impressed, impacted, and moved others. And now 18 Glendale Community College (GCC) students have received that validation at the 2021 Maricopa Community College’s Artists of Promise awards. The annual recognition and exhibition honors the Chancellor’s Award Winners of the Maricopa Community Colleges' student competitions in creative writing, dance/choreography, film/media arts, music composition, music instrumental, music vocal, theater design, theater performance and visual arts.

The 18 GCC Students earned 22 awards and recognition at this year’s competition - the largest number of awards of all the MCCCD colleges. GCC students won in the following categories; Film-Media Arts - Animation, Documentary/Nonfiction, Film Media Arts - Narrative/Fiction, Music - Composition, Music - Instrumental - Piano, Music - Instrumental - Guitar, Theatre - Performance/Acting - Male, Visual Art - 2D, League entry, and, Visual Art - 2D, Place Piece in Exhibition. You can experience our talented students' work by viewing the Artists of Promise showcase of Chancellor’s Award Winners online.

Following are the GCC award recipients and their respective categories.

Film-Media Arts - Animation

            Havana Beeson - 1st place

            Thy Huynh - 2nd place

            Khoi Nguyen - 3rd place


           Official Selection

                      Shelly Ortiz (GCC) "Until It's Safe"

                      Shelly Ortiz (GCC) "Chronicles of my Life | Katie Lee"

                      Richard Krajewski (GCC) "Phoenix Mural Project: A Closer Look"

Film Media Arts - Narrative/Fiction

            Bennett Kim - 1st place

            Monica Gaytan Inchaurregui - 3rd place

Music - Composition

            John Martinez - 2nd place

Music - Instrumental - Piano

            Monica Owens - 2nd place

Music - Instrumental - Guitar

            Jessica Ramirez Corral - 1st place

            Carlos Garibaldi Sanchez - 2nd place

            Macey Campobello - 3rd place

Theatre - Performance/Acting - Male

            Denim Glasheen - 2nd place

Visual Art - 2D, League entry

            Maya Orchinik - Special Award

            Rennan Kooistra - Special Award

Visual Art - 2D, Place Piece in Exhibition

            Erin Shaeffer

            Sharon Strow - two pieces recognized

            Rennan Kooistra - two pieces recognized

            Lorena Valenzuela

Congratulations to all the students who submitted their work, and thank you to the faculty for helping these award-winning students achieve their dreams.