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Senior Art Practices student Lauren Blankenship one of five winners of This Art is Your Art video competition
Senior Art Practices student Lauren Blankenship one of five winners of This Art is Your Art video competition


Art + Design senior Lauren Blankenship was recently selected as one of five winners in the This Art is Your Art video

competition. The national competition invited graduate and undergraduate students in the United States to create videos responding to works of art in the White House collection.

Under the guidance of adjunct instructor Pam Minty, Blankenship submitted a video inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's Mountain at Bear Lake — Taos (1930). Her video, New Mountains, tied together footage of the Oregon landscape with a recording of her grandfather singing a traditional logging song to express her connection to O'Keeffe's painting. 

As part of the honors, Blankenship was invited to Washington D.C. where the five recipients were given a tour of the White House by the White House Art Curator, William Allman. The tour included the opportunity to see the artowk that has inspired their submissions first hand. They also viewed the winning videos, which were on display at the White House Visitor Center through September 30, and met with the former White House Curator, Betty Monkman. 

"It was amazing to learn more about the White House collection and see our works in the visitor center - and also to meet all the people and organizations who were involved in putting this on."

But it wasn't over yet! Upon her return, Blankenship was suprised by a second invitiation to the White House: An email from Michelle Obama inviting the winners to a "Celebration of 20th Century Art in the White House." At the event, the First Lady spoke to all in attendance about the importance of modern art, expanding the collection, and supporting college students in the arts. During this second visit, Blankenship had access to even more rooms in the White House and was able to view the art up close.

"These two trips were endlessly inspiring," said Blankenship. "I am so grateful that I was able to go and see art that has shaped our country - and see my video displayed for the thousands of visitors who go to D.C."

The competition was hosted by Artsy, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and The White House Historical Association. 

Official Press Release



Lauren Blankenship (left) at the White House Visitor Center with fellow This Art Is Your Art competition winners.