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SU Exhibition Launch – Strathmore in Art

Dr. Vincent Ogutu, Vice Chancellor Designate, with the overall winner of the SU exhibition, Carl Lewis.

Every canvas is a journey all on its own. It all begins with a blank slate. An imagination. A burst of thoughts. Broad strokes of wet paint. Deep concepts that make it possible to tell these colorful stories.

I spent a bit of time staring at the African Heritage Collections in the Student Center (STC). Picturing the artist preparing to work by going into that personal creative space. Have you ever stopped and glared at them? Just looks so perfect.

Mind-blowing Art

The #SUExhibition Organizing Committee held a fast painting competition a few weeks back, with over thirty individuals participating and displaying their talents. It was a battle of wits, sheer creativity and artistry that would leave you utterly mind-blown.

On December 8, 2021, many gathered in person while others connected via live stream for the launch of the #SUExhibition at the Strathmore University Auditorium. At the beginning of the ceremony, special tribute was paid to the late Alan Donovan, founder of the African Heritage House. Alan was instrumental in the implementation of this exhibition, the artwork in the University and was a judge at the Fast Painting Competition. The #SUExhibition aims at raising awareness of the rich history of Strathmore University by displaying art collections.

Winning Artwork

The top ten art pieces were recognized by way of certificates and awards. Standing in the Hall of Fame was the “5:30pm” by Tony Bulimu Adembosa that garnered the Most Popular Vote award. The Second runners up position was awarded to “Work life” by Daniel Mwihungi and the First runners up was awarded to “Hard-work and Unity” by Katana Sanna. The Overall Winner of the #SUExhibition was the The Founder”, a masterpiece by Carl Lewis.

“The Founder” by Carl Lewis really hit his stride as he painted what depicted to be St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Strathmore University, in an attempt to lay stones that make up the Sir Thomas More Building. In the painting, Lewis portrays him as both an architect and a priest. The “5:30pm” art piece by Tony Bulimu Adembosa truly illustrated the best view of Strathmore University in the evening sun. Dr. Vincent Ogutu was the inspiration behind the wonderful “Work-life” piece by Daniel Mwihungi.

Congratulations to the winners of this #SUExhibition painting competition. Your imprints will remain forever!

To view the rich SU history, culture and values as well as the artist paintings, click here.


This article was written by Jemmy Kamau. 


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