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PathBy Leah Riley, a senior from Harrodsburg, Ky.

WILMORE, KY—Freshman Samantha Keeling’s artwork was recently chosen in a national competition.  Dr. Cheryl Saban wrote a book titled “What is Your Self-Worth: A Woman’s Guide to Validation.” A competition was held February 1 to March 15 among professionals and amateur artists, male and female, from around the world to submit original works of art, in any medium, based on their perception of a woman’s “self worth.”

“My mission is to make a difference in women’s lives. To inspire women to understand, grasp, actualize, and vocalize their worth; negotiate a better deal for themselves; take more responsibility for themselves; and to spread this message to our youth,” says Saban.

Keeling heard about the competition through the college and submitted two oil canvas paintings. She painted from a picture she took on the cross-country course here at Asbury. Keeling went to West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville and ran on the cross-country trails at the college. The girl in the picture is a friend of Keeling’s, Katie Liversedge, who ran cross-country with Keeling and is now her roommate. “It’s a contemplative piece, because during this time I was trying to decide where I was going to college.  God really blessed me through this award, it inspired me again,” Keeling said.

Art Department Chair Linda Stratford praised Keeling and her artwork. “We are delighted that as early as freshman year one of our art majors is receiving national recognition. This is an honor for the college and its art program.”