‘The Alice Sketches’ Wins Seventh-Annual Wonderland Award
Left to right: Dean Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries; judge Carolyn Kellogg; judge Jim Kincaid; first-prize winner Veronique Van Pelt; second-prize winner Andrei Pavelescu; and judge Linda Cassady
USC Thornton School of Music student Veronique Van Pelt is the winner of the USC Libraries' Seventh-Annual Wonderland Award. In an April 21 ceremony inside Doheny Memorial Library, Van Pelt won the top prize of $2,000 for her musical album, The Alice Sketches: Songs About Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, the Wonderland Stories and the Present. The album was selected from a strong field of 32 imaginative entries, created by students from USC and other participating universities. Andrei Pavelescu, a doctoral candidate at the USC Dornsife College, took home the second-place prize of $1,500 for his inventive take on the children's card game Go Fish.
The Wonderland Award is an annual multidisciplinary competition showcasing the creative and interpretive skills of students from USC and other participating institutions as they draw inspiration for new creative works from the G. Edward Cassady, M.D., and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady, R.N., Lewis Carroll Collection. The contest is made possible through a generous gift by Linda Cassady, who created the award in 2005 to promote the collection of books, recordings, academic papers, and other items related to the nineteenth-century author and polymath Lewis Carroll.
Students and other guests browse the Wonderland Award contest entries
Wonderland Award founder Linda Cassady addresses the audience
Students watch and listen to the multimedia contest submissions