Four City Tech Students Receive Prizes in the Making Work Visible Labor Arts Contest

Four City Tech students received prizes in the Making Work Visible Labor Arts Contest: Malessa Henry, Owen Muller, Sadeysa Gonzalez and Tenzin Sherpa. Open to CUNY undergraduates, the contest offers cash prizes in four categories: poetry, essay, fiction/non-fiction narratives and art.

Malessa Henry placed second ($500) in the Fiction/Non-Fiction category with “Exhausted,” Owen Muller placed second ($500) in the Essay category with “Trust,” Sadeysa Gonzalez placed third ($250) in the Essay category with “The Unforgettable Smile,” and Tenzin Sherpa received an honorable mention ($100) in the Essay category with “The Beauty of NOHO Market.”

All entries focused on labor arts—visual art about work and workers, and art by working people. Labor arts are broadly construed to include photographs, posters, buttons, banners and flyers, as well as paintings, sculpture and other fine art by or about working people. Funded by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the contest aims to expand student engagement with the under-appreciated history of work and workers in this country, and to re-vitalize the study of labor history at CUNY.

A reception to honor this year’s winners and award the contest prizes will be held at Brooklyn College’s Graduate Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, New York, New York, on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Patrick Kavanagh at