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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: November 29, 2005


The Madison Project of Santa Monica College has selected a design by SMC student Vanessa Dollie to be used for promotional materials for a “First Look” event that will provide a sneak preview of the 541-seat performing arts center and music academy currently under construction.

Dollie’s submission – which cleverly blends images of the steel frame with the artist’s rendering of the building – was selected from 12 images. Each of the students, all of whom are in a graphic design class taught by professor Bill Lancaster, will win $100, thanks to a donation from Martin Sosin, a Santa Monica tax attorney and benefactor of the college.

“It was a very challenging competition and we were totally impressed by the concepts the students came up with,” said Adam Philipson, assistant director of The Madison Project. “We are looking forward to working with Vanessa on the design project and future competitions in Bill’s classes.”

The “First Look” event, which will be held in early 2006, will give members of the public and college community an idea of what the theater will be like when it is completed. The theater is the centerpiece of a new visual and performing arts center the college is building at 11th Street & Santa Monica Boulevard.

The theater will feature both student work and professional engagements in music, theater, dance and more. The Madison complex will also house SMC’s Music Department.

The center, designed by Zecchetto Architects of Santa Monica, is funded with a combination of public and private funds and is scheduled to be completed in early 2007.

The Madison Project of Santa Monica College is an arts education and community outreach organization that designs unique and innovative arts education programs for children and adults.

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