A virtual reception celebrated the 2021 edition of Inscape.

Inscape, Morehead State University’s literary and visual arts journal, has combined poetry, fiction and nonfiction writings with a multitude of artwork since 1957. However, this year’s annual reception was held virtually and recorded to maintain safety and health protocols. This year’s reception celebrated the promotion and publication of art and creativity, especially during such a difficult year.

“I think it was especially important to maintain the 2021 edition of the journal as an outlet and celebration of what we can still create even when the world is in disarray,” said Victoria Nash, student co-editor of Inscape. “This year, I felt like each piece was a little slice of history—like an artifact filed in the year 2020, a time when we were all pressed to our limits but still managed to create.”

According to Nash, student winners of the literature categories were selected by vote of the student editorial board. This year’s winners, who receive a monetary prize of $100, were announced during the virtual reception, where they also read their pieces.

Literature winners:

  • First place in Poetry was awarded to Jacob Tackett for their poem, “I go camping with Jesus and Molly.”
  • First place in Fiction was awarded to Aleksander Perris for his piece, “In the House in the Dark of the Night.”
  • First place in Nonfiction was awarded to Lizzie Keeton for her piece, “Breathing.”

Lisa Mesa-Gaido, art faculty advisor of Inscape, then presented a virtual gallery of all awarded art pieces and Honorable Mentions submitted by MSU students for this edition. 

“I think the tone of the publication, the images and the writing, reflects the society and the time that we’re living in today,” said Mesa-Gaido. “I think the other thing that is common for human beings is this sense of community and that we want to share our creative outlet and be supportive for what we’re doing, and this is a great opportunity to do that today.” 

Overall art winners:

  • The Cover Design Contest was won by Abby Caines, with a $100 award.
  • First place, with a $100 award, belonged to Saule Gollihue for her sculpture, “Hybrid Self-Portrait.”
  • Second place, with a $75 award, belonged to Kaylee Thornsberry for her piece, “Kayleebug.”
  • Third place, with a $50 award, belonged to Sophie Erin Pruitt, for her photograph, “It Must be Very Difficult.”
  • Honorable Mentions, who received a $25 award, belonged to Jai Joshi, Megan Pater, Grace Douglas and Hallei Bittlinger.

The recording of this virtual reception is available at https://www.moreheadstate.edu/Caudill-College-of-Arts,-Humanities-and-Social-Sci/Inscape/Showcase-Reception.

The downloadable free version of Inscape’s 2021 edition is now available at https://scholarworks.moreheadstate.edu/inscape_magazine_archive/.