Press Release: 05.22.2014

GSU Students Win Art Competition, Decorate Construction Site of New Law School

GSU students alongside their winning art entries

Two law students recently won a fence art competition sponsored by McCarthy, construction manager of Georgia State University (GSU) College of Law’s new building located on Park Place downtown. Second-year law students AnaMaria Hazard (J.D.’15) and Jon Ciliberto (J.D. ’15) share the $1,500 cash prize, and their winning entries now will be showcased on the construction fence surrounding the site for the duration of project.

“McCarthy strives to have a positive impact on our project communities beyond the construction of a building,” said Kevin Kuntz, McCarthy’s Southeast Division president. “This competition was designed to benefit GSU students and add visual interest for all who pass the site.”

Hazard’s drawing of the scales of justice and a gavel in purple, the academic color of law, is in the background of Ciliberto’s montage of current law student “selfies.”

“I kept my drawing minimal because, to me, the study and practice of law at its core is simple—equality and justice for all,” Hazard says. “The scale represents the equality in the law. No matter what inequalities we face outside of the courtroom, inside we are all to be treated the same. The gavel represents justice. The law is where all Americans can turn to for justice.”

The daughter of an artist, Hazard felt honored to have her work chosen for the fence. She says that her artwork represents the reasons she is becoming a lawyer.

“The concept behind my piece is simple: the law school is its students,” Ciliberto says. “We are collectively the school, but also, we are individuals, each unique.”

Ciliberto admits that he had no previous experience with selfies, but felt it was an ideal way for his project to reflect the student body and represent the school publicly.

“The team simply could not choose between these top entries,” remarked Justis Brogan, McCarthy project manager. “We kept coming back to these two fantastic images that represent both the College of Law and the people who study and work here. We appreciate all the great entries and those who participated in the competition.”

Since the college’s groundbreaking in September 2013, McCarthy has excavated approximately 20,000 cubic yards of rock and soil, equating to 28,600 tons, and poured the foundation slabs. The concrete is in place for the entrance level of the building along John Wesley Dobbs and Park Place, and crews are working on the concrete and steel skeleton of the building. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2015.

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