On April 28, Scottsdale Community College held its annual Vortex Awards ceremony in the Indigenous Cultural Center, a new and impressive addition to SCC’s campus.
SCC creative writing faculty member and Vortex coordinator Kim Sabin told NEVN that it was the first time that the awards have included categories in visual arts, such as photography, sculpting, graphic design, and painting and drawing.
Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega opened the awards ceremony with an inspiring speech about the importance of art, and the implementation of art in the community of Scottsdale. Mayor Ortega has designed multiple buildings across Scottsdale and stressed the importance of art to the community.
“Scottsdale Community college is a big part in that beauty and reputation that Scottsdale exudes,” Mayor Ortega said.
Ortega also described what art can do for the individual and looked to encourage everyone in attendance.
“Art elevates all of us,” Ortega said.
In addition to the awards, there was added emphasis in honoring the indigenous students involved and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community that SCC resides in. With the event being held in the Indigenous Cultural Center, Vortex saw it as important to hold a land acknowledgment with a member of the community and added an award to hear the voices of indigenous students.
The 2022 Vortex Award Winners
Poetry – “Self Improvement” by Kristina Morgan
Photography – “Nest of Needles” by Lori Dortch
Creative Nonfiction – “The Perfume” by Stephen Rubin
Sculpture – “Emergence” by David Zwicky
Plays and Scripts – “The Madness Into Creativity” by Audri Fox
Graphic Design – “Michael You Would Fall” by Sunny Sabin
Painting and Drawing – “Dead Reckoning” (2022 Vortex Cover) by Beverly Robb
Short Story – “Pink Cadillac” by Kristina Morgan
Native Voices and Visions – “Graffiti Man” by Mateo TreeTop
This year’s awards also featured the design and publishing of the “Vortex Literary and Art Journal” by SCC students Nicule Kalucki and Gary Lidman , it is the first time the journal has been designed and printed by students.
More information can be found at https://www.scottsdalecc.edu.