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News Release

April 24, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Cadets compete for art honors

Story with contributions from Leann Strickland and Lt. Christine Rostowfske

The 8th Annual Captain Ernie Rowland Cadet Art Show was held April 11, 2012, in the Henriques Room at the Coast Guard Academy. Capt. Ernie Rowland graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1953 and had a long and distinguished career in the fleet serving on ocean stations, taking command of USCG Diligence and completing several tours in electronics engineering before retiring in 1976.  As an accomplished artist and cartoonist, Rowland did all the artwork for the Class of ’53 edition of “Tide Rips” and designed the ’53 class ring.

Photography 1st placeRowland passed away November 2004. While he is missed by all who knew him, his legacy of humor and artistic talent lives on.  In tribute, the art show is sponsored by the Class of 1953 and is held annually to showcase the artistic talents of the Corps of Cadets. In attendance to present awards this year was Capt. John O’Conner, Commandant of Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy, and Capt. W. Smith (ret), representative of the Class of ’53.

Entries this year were judged in two categories, Photography and Painting/Drawing with a total of nine awards presented to the selected cadet artists.  The winner of the Photography category was 1/c Christa Funk with a photo titled “Charles W. Morgan, Mystic Seaport.”  1/c Michael Gonzales took first place in the Painting/Drawing category with a charcoal piece titled “Sit with Me.”  The top prize, Best in Show, was awarded to 2/c Berit Boyle for her drawing “Hand Me Down.”

The Cadet Art Show is open to all cadets and is a valued tradition that furthers the Academy’s mission in developing well rounded officers.

Best in ShowPainting/Drawing 1st place

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