On 16 December 2020, the PCU Committee acknowledged with the highest respect the acceptance of the Chairmanship of the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests by Prof. Dr. Herman Van Goethem, successor of Alain Verschoren as rector of the University of Antwerp. The acceptance, as endorsed by the PCU Committee Executive Board last week, memorializes profoundly the legacy within the University of Antwerp of Alain Verschoren as ambassador of fair play in university sport. Alain Verschoren passed away unexpectedly on 27 November 2020.
As a token of commemoration to Prof. Dr. Alain Verschoren, who passed away unexpectedly on 27 november 2020, the PCU Committee Executive Board decided unanimously, in accordance with his wife Lin Van De Cruys and the University of Antwerp, to name the awards connected to the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests after Alain Verschoren.
As rector of the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Alain Verschoren was the driving force behind the establishment of the drawing and photo contests in 2016. He acted as the first chairman of both contests. The first Alain Verschoren Awards will be presented to the winners of the 2020 contests.
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 4th PCU University of Antwerp & Panathlon Drawing Contest.
The PCU Committee Selection Commission awarded the following drawings:
– 1st place, “Pure Sport”, by Inga Liepa from Management College, Latvia
– 2nd place, “Unity” by Maria Markovic from University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
– 3rd place, “Fortitude” by Ksenia Kotelnikova @sstrashh from Nekrasov Kostroma State University, Russia
Our thanks to everyone who took part in the 4th Antwerp University and Panathlon Drawing Contest. Due to the limited number of exhibits during the unusual Covid-19 year, we decided to highlight each participating artwork more. Follow the PCU Committee on social media (facebook, instagram) for details.
We are pleased that the 3D virtual exhibition of the 4th PCU Drawing Contest is a very successful online alternative attended by many visitors. As a result the PCU Committee decided to extend the current 3D exhibition until the end of February. In addition all future contests will, next to the on venue expositions, be available in the online 3D format.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, most on venue expositions in 2020 were canceled but we were still able to organize two exhibitions on our partners’ university campuses.
Due to the grievous mourning after the loss of the Selection Commission’s Chairman, Prof. Dr. Alain Verschoren, we were unable to announce the results of the 4th Drawing Contest on an earlier moment. Only now we are ready to announce the results with respect to the memory of Alain Verschoren. Please follow us to see results.
“Not without everyone” by Kithmini Jayaweera from the University of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka) was chosen by visitors to the 3D virtual online exhibition of the 4th Antwerp University and Panathlon Drawing Contest presented on the Kunstmatrix platform. You can take a virtual tour until the end of February and see the selection for yourself.
PCU Committee mourns passing of Alain Verschoren
The Committee of Panathlon Clubs of Universities is deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Alain Verschoren, Chairman of the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests, at the age of sixty-six. His wife Lin Van De Cruys informed the PCU Committee leadership of his passing in Tenerife, Spain.
Prof. Dr. Alain Verschoren was a former Dean of the faculty of mathematics at the Belgian University of Antwerp and Rector at the same university from 2008 until 2016. In 2016 Alain Verschoren became Chairman of the University of Antwerp and Panathlon Drawing Contest and in 2019 he became also the Chairman of the University of Antwerp and Panathlon Photo Contest.
“It is a personal grief that we feel upon hearing this tragic news,” said PCU Committee President Peter Verboven. “His presence and contribution to our movement will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”
The exposition of the 4th Antwerp University & Panathlon Drawing Contest is ready for the Selection Commission at the Middelheim Campus of the University of Antwerp. Winners will soon be announced on our website and social media.
Check out the results of the 4th Antwerp University & Panathlon Drawing Contest online. For the first time, we are presenting 15 PCU Drawing Contest finalists in a 3D virtual online exhibition. The exhibition takes place in KUNSTMATRIX art space from 1 October to 31 December. Follow this link!
What does your workplace look like now? We keep working from home. Stay in touch. Great news coming soon from the PCU. We are going to launch a new version of our website and ready to announce the 15 best drawings of the 2019 Drawing Contest online.
Selection of the 15 best drawings #PCUContest was presented during the PCU Chess Cup at the Hof van Liere University of Antwerp for the last time this year.
The Honorable commendation of the PCU Chess participants was given by a majority votes to the painting “The impossible is possible” by Anastasia Garkovets from the Kyiv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Art and Design, Ukraine.