August 7, 2008

CROSS(R) Announces Winners of 2008 ‘FINE LINES’ Scholarship Competition

LINCOLN, R.I., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 325 students enrolled in accredited fine arts programs in American colleges participated this year in the second CROSS FINE LINES Scholarship Competition. The jury consisted of representatives from The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Danziger Projects art gallery, the Italian Cultural Institute, as well as illustrators and CROSS executives. The jury has just awarded the first place prize, a $5,000 scholarship, to Megan Eckman who attends Minnesota State University at Moorhead. The three runner-up prizes are being presented to Emily Smith of Claremont Graduate University, Chelsea Fox of University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dana Husted of Pratt Institute. Twenty-five honorable mentions were also awarded.

CROSS, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is America's oldest manufacturer of writing instruments with a history that stretches back more than 160 years. According to Tom Peterson, Director of Global Brand Development for CROSS, "Now in its second year, the CROSS Fine Lines Competition aims to support the fine arts and specifically to acknowledge the students that use pen and ink to create their compositions. With more submissions this year than last, representing the achievements of students in every region of the country, we are delighted to present Megan Eckman with the grand prize of a $5,000 scholarship. The jury selected her illustration for its overall excellence in perspective and execution. We congratulate her and all of the winners on their exceptional illustrations."

Mr. Peterson continues, "We will be showcasing Megan's winning submission as well as the runner-up entries on our website. We are honored to witness the wonderful quality of the illustrations that were submitted, confirming the beauty of pen and ink drawing as a means of artistic expression. We thank all of the students who participated this year and wish them success in their scholastic and career endeavors."

Winner Megan Eckman says, "It has meant so much to me to have my work judged by critics in the art world. Not only has it given me a sense of pride, but also the feeling that I can succeed in the art world after college. This contest has reaffirmed my dream of becoming an illustrator and a writer of illustrated books, and for that I cannot thank CROSS enough. All identifying features of my illustration, such as the hero/heroine's face and the background are missing, allowing the viewer to fill in details as he sees fit. I was studying Japanese armor at the time, and fell in love with their use of lacquered wood and patterned fabric as defense."

The CROSS website at is now exhibiting the winning illustrations.


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