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Spencer Earns Third Place in League for Innovation Art Competition

June 02, 2008

Death of Jack  
Jason Spencer's "Death of Jack" earned
third place in the League for Innovation
Student Art Competition.

Jason Spencer, a general fine arts student at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, earned a third-place award in the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 2007-2008 National Student Art Competition


Spencer earned the award for his oil on canvas piece titled "Death of Jack." The work is a parody of Jacques-Louis David’s famous "The Death of Marat" of 1973. David’s painting depicts an historical event -- the dead body of a French revolutionist who was assassinated by a political rival. Spencer’s work shows "Jack" after having been struck down by Ronald McDonald in a battle for supremacy in the corporate world of fast food.


Spencer twice has had work juried into the League for Innovation competition. His work also was accepted into the prestigious Society of Illustrators annual exhibition in New York. He has earned a scholarship to the Memphis College of Art and plans to major in illustration.


The National Student Art Competition was hosted by San Diego Community College. The competition included more than 90 works of art from league member colleges. The juror was Rafael Lopez, who led the Urban Art Trail Project that transformed San Diego’s blighted East Village with colorful murals, sculptures and art installations, and served as a model of urban renewal implemented in cities around the nation.


The League for Innovation in the Community College, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit educational group of 18 community college systems in the United States and Canada that serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas in all areas of community college development.