Kathleen M. Kvortek, a senior from Oakdale, Pa., has been awarded the university's 2003 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts for her photographic essay "Still Dreaming: K.M. Kvortek's Pittsburgh Project."
The Sudler Prize is an annual award of $1,500 for a graduating senior or fourth-year medical student who does not plan to pursue a career in the arts but displays artistic talent. This year's 18 submissions ranged from dance performances to musical recordings.
Kvortek, who is majoring in the history of science, medicine and technology, traced Pittsburgh's evolution over the past 50 years through a re-creation of Eugene Smith's classic 1950 Pittsburgh photo essay, "Dream Street."
"I was prompted by my curiosity to find out how the city compared 50 years after Smith's photography," said Kvortek, who took her photographs from the same vantage point. "What I found was amazing. Many of the buildings and landmarks Smith photographed had been either renovated or destroyed since the 1950s." She collected the photographs in a 50-page book with descriptive essays and digital art.
"The entire [faculty/staff] committee was extremely impressed with her project, the artistry, the technical proclivity and the quality of the work," said Julie Morgan, chair of the committee and assistant to university President William R. Brody.
Kvortek, who plans to be a museum curator, has received the Hagley Fellowship to attend the University of Delaware, where she will study for a master's degree in history and a museum studies certificate while interning at the Hagley Museum.