This year’s York University Bookstore Art Competition had an unexpected twist. The first-place winner, Alexander Millington, thought to hide a ticket worth $100 in one of the store’s books with instructions to call him. His winning art installation alerted passersby with a taunt.
It read: “I’ve hidden one hundred dollars in one of these books but you’ll never find it because it’s written by your least favourite author.”
Schulich School of Business student Abed Fayyad was surprised to find a “golden ticket” in one of the most beloved books in modern literature – The Catcher in the Rye. Fayyad had decided this was good summer reading and at $7.97, it was one of the least expensive paperbacks around.
Fayyad will now be able to enjoy even more summer reading or he could save the crisp $100 dollar bill from the golden ticket to put towards a fall accounting textbook.
Michael McGlennon is the competition’s second-place winner for his work Isotropishere, a triptych and single scenes. The third-place prize went to Giovanna Galuppo for her painting Mind, Body, and Speech.
Winners of the art competition, with prizes valued at up to $300, were announced at the Department of Visual Arts’ spring gala. Students submitted proposals for installations in the Bookstore windows. The winners were then given time to construct, paint and install their works during the spring and summer.