Center for Creativity


Abdullah Alhejji ('25)

As all abstract work, the narrative is the viewer's duty. So, please do infer whatever you see in the drawing. Instagram: @frozen.mind1417


Naomi Bastiampillai ('24)

Prayer for the Soul (poem)

This poem serves as a reflection upon the people I’ve met throughout my life, as the pandemic had left me with lots of time to think about the friendships I have made and left. Every person that I meet serves to shape who I am in some way, embedding their presence within the thought processes and habits that I pick up from them. Through this poem, I explore how the people in my life have influenced me, and how I have the power to determine how I am impacted by them.


Sharon Bennett ('24)

*awardee, painting category*

Digital Art Portfolio

My art is deeply personal and symbolic of my gender and sexuality as a queer person. Some of my portraits are of partners, exes, or abusers. Others are personifications or representations of my struggle with gender, or emotional experiences within my relationships. Art has always been a coping mechanism for me, and my portfolio is a representation of that.


Ivy Chang ('23)

An Ephemeral Endeavor (poems)

A chapbook for my Introduction to Poetry Class


Samurah Curry ('24)

*awardee, drawing category*

drawing of person screaming

I think like most people 2020 has made me feel like I couldn’t catch my breath. I felt like I was constantly screaming to be heard or just screaming in general.


Stephanie Hachem ('24)

drawing of a lion

Lions are epic.


Stephanie Hachem ('24)

I love drawing in class.


Stephanie Hachem ('24)

drawing of an ocelot

Ocelots are cool.


Livia Hibshman ('24)

I painted this piece during a particularly hard time in my long distance relationship, representing the connection I share with someone 300 miles away. Instagram: @livhibsh


M. Khan ('24)

*awardee, mixed media category*


Colleen Mars ('21)

*awardee, drawing category*

This series of work is called "Things That Scare Me." During the pandemic, I had a lot of trouble creating artwork. In such a difficult, isolating time, I had no inspiration or motivation to make artwork for nearly 7 months. As a senior studio arts major graduating in April 2021, this virtual year was not an ideal time to create any new bodies of work. Eventually, I began to fear the blankness of a canvas. I knew I needed to take the leap and begin making things. So, I bought a new set of paint markers and just started to draw. I set no rules for myself and the outcome didn’t matter. I used small, 4”x4” canvas panels to make the act of “arting” less intimidating. The result of these efforts was this series of tiny worlds filled with colorful characters. Some of these drawings are humorous, but they draw directly from some of my greatest anxieties. The image I have submitted is just an excerpt from the series because it is still a work in progress. Eventually, I hope to make 365 of these tiny paintings and publish them as a daily calendar as a reminder of how much can change in a year. Instagram: @ctmars


Sarah Moore

Coronavirus / Social Justice Speaks (poem)

The two pillars of 2020, for me, were the Coronavirus and Black Lives Matter protests. These events led to many other related discussions with other areas of our lives and other underrepresented communities across many spectrums. 2020 was a great year of reflection for me.


Saipriya Namasivayam ('24)

*awardee, video/performance category*

Graduating is such a symbolic and meaningful step in life, whether it’s from high school, college, or some other institution. It represents all the hard work you put in, and how, despite long nights studying, mental breakdowns, and days when it felt the world was against you, you found a way to make it through. Growing up, when people asked me what year I would graduate high school, I always responded, with the biggest grin on my face, “I’m class of 2020” because I thought it sounded so cool. Little did I know, that meant my last day of school would be some random Friday in March, and that I would find myself seeking closure for a twelve year journey I put so much hard work into. Senior year, when we got the call telling us we were not coming back, so many thoughts ran through my head. Not knowing what to feel, I coped how I knew best, by writing music. I poured all my emotions into a song about the milestone of graduating, and what it meant to me. Titled “How far we’ll go,” it honors the time and effort we put in, while also reminding us that although things didn’t end they way we hoped, there is still so much more left for us to accomplish. Instagram: @sai.creates


Sarah Nselel ('24)

Painted a table with some friends.


Allison Pandl ('24)

*awardee, painting category*

I grew up 10 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, so naturally I loved Pitt and all the classic spots around the city. One of my family and I's favorite places to eat and spend time together was "The O" in Oakland. Unfortunately when it shut down, I was super sad since it was right before I was about to attend the school :( but I decided to remember it by making this painting instead! Instagram: @allison_pandl17


Saurin Parikh

*awardee, photography category*

photo of masked woman sitting at one end of table, with empty chair at other end

Life in a Pandemic: Sterile, Isolated and Introspective. Instagram: @anityatva


Madison Pastore ('22)

This work is inspired by the complexities and different sides that humans can contain, it also represents self-reflection and the ability to be multifaceted. 


Janvi Patel ('24)

*awardee, DIY category*

This embroidery on toilet paper is meant to represent how communities came together to fight COVID-19. It represents the healthcare workers, other essential workers, vaccine creators, people who stay home for at-risk family members, people who wear masks to protect others, and all the other community members who worked together during the pandemic. It’s been a big change for everyone, and I believe that from change comes growth of the community and of the individual. Instagram: @jvp_art


Myron Silberstein

*awardee, video/performance category*

I wrote this Sonata during my ongoing stay-at-home. The four movements are all based on the same melody, and show contrasting perspectives on the same material. Though the sonata is not explicitly a snapshot of 2020, the idea of varying views of the common circumstance of pandemic and quarantine is an outgrowth of the experience of 2020. Visit his YouTube channel.


Anna Switowski ('23)

Spoon, "Let's keep Dancing," 2021 [oil on wood, 3' x 3']. I made this painting as I move through a difficult point in life. People I thought I loved have hurt me. However, I lead with love. We are in the midst of a rebirth. Instagram: @spoonchong


Hellen Wang ('24)

"Sometimes a spark is all that you need to be full of creativity."