May Nguyen stands next to her three Gold Key winning photographs. The photo of the elderly man in the lower left has been selected for the Duff Purchase Award.
June 23, 2014

Hong Duyen (May) Nguyen ’14 (Ho Chinh City, Vietnam) has been named the recipient of the Charles and Anne Duff Purchase Award. The award is presented in honor of the late Charles Duff and Anne Duff, both art instructors at Culver Academies. Their combined commitment to artistic excellence guided the visual arts program at Culver from 1976 until 2002.

The award is given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the pursuit of excellence in the visual arts. It provides for a $200 purchase of an artwork from the recipient’s final Culver Academies portfolio. The artwork will be framed and incorporated into the body of the Culver Art Collection. Nguyen’s black and white photograph of elderly Vietnamese man was selected.

Nguyen was one of four Culver students honored for their creative talents in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional competitions. Three Culver Girls Academy students received visual arts honors and one Culver Military cadet was honored for writing.

Nguyen, Claire Peterson ’14 (Wilmette, Ill.), and Tianzi Zhou ’15 (Shanghai, China) were honored at the South Bend Regional Museum of Art, where the visual arts competition was judged. Nguyen received three Gold Key awards and the Visual Voice Award. Zhou received a Gold Key and the Northern Indiana Artist Award. Peterson received a Gold Key award and two honorable mentions.

John Van Duyn ’14 (Wheaton, Ill.) received an honorable mention in the science fiction/fantasy writing category. The writing entries went through the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and covered 39 counties and 1,575 submissions.

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