Contest winners' photos to be on walls of Northwestern's libraries in Alva, Woodward

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Contest winners' photos to be on walls of Northwestern's libraries in Alva, Woodward

June 19, 2012

Visitors to the J.W. Martin Library on Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Alva campus recently had the opportunity to choose new artwork for some very large, blank walls.

“The idea for the photography contest arose from the need to fill very big, white walls in the Alva campus library at minimal cost,” Susan Jeffries, Northwestern libraries director, said. “The library staff from Alva and Enid did some brainstorming on the problem, and the photo contest was born.” 

 Valarie Case's photos that placed first in the Library Photocontest.
This “Old Wheels” photography grouping taken by Valarie Case is soon to be hanging in the J.W. Martin Library at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, after visitors to the library voted it the winner in a recent contest.

All visitors in the library were eligible to cast a vote for one of the many photo groupings entered.

Valarie Case, university relations specialist at Northwestern, collected the most votes during the first photo contest held by the Northwestern libraries with her grouping of “Old Wheels.” Her work will be featured on the walls near the computer lab area.

“Having the photographs printed on canvas is a cost-effective way to solve our problem,” Jeffries said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the process and the outcome!”

For her efforts, Case received a gift card from 

 Rod Murrow's photos placed second in the Libraries Photo Contest.
“Sunset at Sandpiper Trail” by Rod Murrow placed second in the J.W. Martin Library’s Photo Contest at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva.

Placing second was Rod Murrow, Northwestern professor emeritus of music and owner of Murrow’s FrameArt. Murrow’s grouping is called “Sunset at Sandpiper Trail.” His photos will be placed upstairs in the northeast corner reading lounge area. Murrow also received a gift card from

There were more than 30 entries making the decisions very difficult.

Jeramie Heldermon of Lone Wolf placed third with her “Love A Fair” grouping of very colorful, time-exposed carnival rides at night. These photos will find a home in the Information 101 room of the library.

Case also placed fourth with her colorful grouping of “Classic Cars” from Alva’s car show. These will be placed at the library’s space on the Northwestern-Woodward campus.

“I was very pleased with the quality of the entries we received,” Jeffries said. “You could tell that thought was given to how the photographs in a set connected to each other and what idea or feeling was intended.”