Students Showcase their Creative Work at ArtsFest

Sam TrudeauEvents, Student Life

The recipients of the 2023 Artsfest Alumni Awards were announced last week as the College wrapped up its annual two-week celebration of the arts. Organized by faculty and students in Arts, Literature and Communication, ArtsFest offers students in every program the chance to showcase their literary, musical and visual art projects.

This year’s edition was the first since 2019 to be held on campus. Hundreds of students, alumni, parents and faculty participated in an eclectic offering of concerts, visual art exhibitions, film screenings, digital projects, poetry readings and the launch of a new edition of the student literary magazine.

Congratulations to Arts, Literature & Communication program coordinator Selena Liss and student organizers Hala Abosali, Laura Cordoba Prado, Luna Dong, Sophie Harasymowycz, Seongwoo Jang, Alexandre Lauren, Celine Li, Yuanyi Ma, Nora Malhi, Elan Martin-Prashad, Karina Matei, Vanessa Nseir, Soyeon Park, Evelina Rusu and Kerry Xu  for organizing an incredible lineup of events. 

Take a look at the creative endeavors that were honoured and other highlights from ArtsFest !


The Vernissage event was open to the general public, with visual art projects of all kinds displayed throughout the College in classrooms, hallways and in the library.

Attendees also had the chance to bid on some of the stunning student pieces, with 100% of proceeds donated to VIBE Arts, a nonprofit that works to create arts education programming in under-resourced areas.

2023 ArtsFest Alumni Award – Visual Arts

Winner: Ange-Anael Tchamani Tchokogué, Can I Touch It?

Runner Up: Alex Xin, Second Skin

2023 ArtsFest Alumni Award – Film, Video or Animation

Winner: Ethan Auerbach, Global Warming: An Environmental Animation

Runner Up: Patricia Doyle, Mind Over Motor

2023 ArtsFest Alumni Award Miscellaneous Category

Winner: Juliana Gelber, Between the Ears, Behind the Eyes: Music, Design, and the Mind 

Runner Up: Camille Malaterre, The Highs (and lows) of Drug Discovery Through Time

Musical Events

Two different concerts were part of the festival this year.

The ArtsFest Concert invited students in every program of study -and even faculty- to perform one of their favourite pieces of music before an audience in the Auditorium.

MLorK, the Marianopolis laptop orchestra directed by Professor Cory McKay, featured students playing their original digital music, often accompanied by visual components.

2023 ArtsFest Alumni Award – ArtsFest Concert Performance

Winner: Devon Packer, piano

Photo credit: Shaoyu Ba (Marianopolis Photography Club)

2023 ArtsFest Alumni AwardMLOrk Laptop Orchestra

Winners: Dante Lasso, Runa Kove, Victoria Shen Yang and Zoe Pusztai, Synths and Sounds

Literary Events

Members of the writing club chose ArtsFest to launch the latest print edition of Daemon’s Quill, the student literary and arts journal. The 2023 edition of the festival wrapped up with The Poet’s Café, where students gathered in the arts studio to read excerpts of their creative work.

2023 ArtsFest Alumni Award – Written Work

Winner: Vincent Costa, The Best Dressed Man in Montreal

Runner Up: Lucie Soussana, House on Fire