Images of Aging contest winners capture essence of the elderly

Posted March 08, 2011

ACU students had a chance to bond with grandparents and senior citizens recently, as they used their creative talents to capture the essence of their elders. The winners of the Images of Aging Contest, sponsored by the Pruett Gerontology Center, ACU's Department of Art and Design, and the Digital Media Center, were announced last week.

Students engaged with the elderly through art and photography and had the option to create a documentary, art form or photo taken with a mobile device such as an iPhone. ACU faculty and staff members served as judges. They judged entries on style, theme, and the story told by each piece.

"There were quite a few that really stood out," Sue Garcia, service administrative coordinator for the Department of Gerontology, says. "The students did really well. We were very impressed."

Elizabeth McClellan, family studies major from Austin, placed first in the black and white art category for her photograph, "Newly Weds." She enjoyed participating in the competition and thought it was a unique experience.

"I enjoyed the Images of Aging contest because I was able to meet with and photograph older adults," McClellan says. "Intergenerational activities are important and often overlooked, and this was a great way to spend time with residents from Christian Village."

The contest also allowed students like Shaylee Wilkins, senior electronic media major from Rockwall, to exercise their passion for photography. Wilkins placed first in the black and white documentary category.

"I really enjoyed being able to spend time with my grandparents and other family over the holidays and being able to incorporate my passion for photography into our time together," Wilkins says.

The winning pieces can be viewed on the Images of Aging blog. For more information about the Pruett Gerontology Center, click here.