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Emulex recognizes CSU Fullerton artists

The Costa Mesa IT company hosted a recycled electronic equipment sculpture competition to encourage creativity in technology.

by Mackenna WaterhousePublished: May 24, 2012 01:30 PM

‘Cranial Convergence,’ by Ryan Kidder
Emulex Corporation, a Costa Mesa-based converged networking solutions company, partnered with CSU Fullerton Tuesday to announce the winners of its art competition, The Art of Convergence, in which students had to create sculptures out of recycled IT equipment.

Emulex donated the equipment to the 23 students and gave each student $500 to complete the sculpture. The event was held at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.

“The Art of Convergence project is a unique challenge that stretches our students’ abilities because it goes beyond a simple classroom critique to include a competition, a public exhibition of their work, and even prize money,” said Jim Jenkins, professor of art and sculpture at CSUF. “It’s great to have that kind of competitive spirit in the classroom, and encourages the students to take a more professional approach to their work, which will help them in the future.”

The winner, a recent graduate Ryan Kidder of Irvine, was awarded $5,000 for his sculpture, ‘Cranial Convergence.’ The runner-up, graduate student Mark Upson of Orange, won $1,000. Emulex also donated $5,000 to the CSU Fullerton College of Arts.

“The Art of Convergence program represents the root of what we are passionate about at Emulex – being involved in the community around us and fostering education in sciences, engineering, technology and the arts,” said Jim McCluney, Emulex CEO. “The students of today will become the engineers, technologists and innovators of the future, so we wanted to encourage the creative process with a program that challenges students and combines art and technology in a meaningful way.”

Finalists were chosen through online voting by Emulex employees and winners were chosen by a panel of judges including the dean of CSU Fullerton’s College of Arts Joe Arnold, Emulex employees and Richard Chang, arts and entertainment writer for the Orange County Register. Emulex also posted photos of the finalists to Facebook and opened voting for a People’s Choice award, which was also won by Kidder.

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