A watercolor creation by Moraine Valley Community College student Joseanny Candelas, of Palos Hills, has been selected as the winning piece in the college’s 50th anniversary art contest.

“To win this contest is something I would never have imagined,” Candelas said. “I was really very excited.” Candelas, who will graduate in May with an Associate in Fine Arts degree, used ink and marker to create her watercolor tribute to Moraine Valley’s golden anniversary.  The characters represent students who help build the college’s foundation, which she depicts with rocks. “If you look closely, the rocks form the number 50,” she said.

An avid art lover, Candelas said her favorite course was the drawing class. “I especially liked the life drawing. We learned to draw humans, and that was the inspiration for the piece I did for the contest.” She plans to use her $250 prize money to purchase new art equipment and supplies.

A graduate of Argo High School, Candelas plans to seek employment in the art field upon completion of her degree at Moraine Valley. “I’m anxious to get started being a cartoonist,” she said. “I hope someday to write and draw my own graphic novel.”

The winning selection was made by Tyler Hewitt, professor of Studio Art: Photography and Design, and Lynn Peters, professor of Sculpture and Ceramics, and Art Department coordinator.