Students Awarded Scholarships at Art at Work Presentation at Champlain College

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College held its second annual arts and music presentation with the Burlington Ensemble and Burlington City Arts on Saturday, Oct. 13. The presentation, titled "Art at Work in the Creative Economy," featured an electronic media show containing the works of Champlain faculty and student artists, the presentation of "The Tapestry: An Artist's Story" by Ann Strubler, and a music presentation and performance by the Burlington Ensemble.

Integrating art with music, professional violinist and pastel artist, Ann Strubler, presented "The Tapestry: An Artist's Story." This piece is the story of Strubler's reunion with her birthparents and the discovery of her artistic and spiritual heritage. The evening closed with Burlington Ensemble's premier of "The Tapestry," an inspiring symphonic piece composed by her son, 19-year-old Matthew Strubler.

Throughout the event, various faculty and student artists presenting visual art, film, game design, sonic arts, and interdisciplinary hybrid art were on hand to talk briefly about their work and engage in the audience. 

The program, sponsored by the Champlain College Divisions of Communication & Creative Media and Business also awarded three $250 Student Art and Arts Managements Awards to exemplary students within the divisions. The students chosen to receive this year's scholarships by Dean David Strubler of the Robert P. Stiller School of Business, and Associate Dean Eric Ronis of the Division of Communication & Creative Media were:

  • Madeleine Bialkin '14, a Management of Creative Media major, is currently serving in a finance internship in Montreal. Bialkin previously completed three creative media management internships in Vermont. The Management of Creative Media degree program is a joint program between the Divisions of Business and Communication & Creative Media.
  • Chris Norris '13 is a Graphic Design major. He was chosen to receive the scholarship in recognition of his artistic and design ability, his desire to push creative boundaries, and his original approach to design challenges.
  • Hannah Rucker '14 is a Digital Filmmaking major from Allentown, PA. The scholarship was awarded to her in recognition of her contributions to the DFM program as a teaching assistant and project leader for the past two years, for the seriousness of her commitment to the craft of film, and in recognition of her being able to do excellent work despite the difficulty that many women filmmakers experience trying to make it in a male-dominated industry.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit