Students and graduates of the Media Design Program at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College will soon receive some high-profile exposure when their work is displayed on Madison Avenue, a main artery of Manhattan that has been associated with the American advertising industry for decades.

These six current and former Hostos students were asked to contribute designs in a competition to beautify the scaffolding on the Church of the Incarnation in Midtown Manhattan, which is raising money to repair its 150-year old spire. A member of the congregation with Hostos connections reached out for help, and with the guidance of Media Design Professor Catherine Cannon, the project was created.

“It was a proud moment for me when each of the student groups presented their concepts. Each idea aimed to communicate the story of the church and its message while bringing a lively and contemporary design to the traditional facade of the church.  I feel this experience was a glimpse into how these students have what it takes to succeed in the real world — truly thrilling to watch,” said Cannon of her students.

The project turned into a competition when two, three-member groups of Hostos students were chosen to create designs that would beautify some 60 feet of scaffolding on the church. The winning design was selected last week and will be installed in about one month.

In addition to having their work displayed above the heads of innumerable New Yorkers who pass the church daily, the students and Professor Cannon were also featured on NY1 News and the Metro New York daily newspaper.

The Church of the Incarnation is located at 209 Madison Avenue, between 35th and 36th streets.

As first-place winners, the following four students and recent graduates received $400 scholarship awards from the church:

José Martínez – Current Hostos Student
Miguelina Curiel – Current Hostos Student
Ebenezer Arthur – Recent Hostos Grad, Attending City College this fall

These three students were given Honorable Mention and received $100 scholarship awards from the church:

Lee Jacob Hilado – Recent Hostos Grad, Attending City College BFA program this fall
Eduardo Méndez  – Recent Hostos Grad, Attending FIT this fall
Laura Vega – 2012 Hostos Grad, Freelance Artist & Designer

For more information about the Hostos Media Design Program, go to

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community  is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. Hostos serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique “Student Success Coaching Unit” provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.