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Windows Fine Arts Magazine is an annual publication published by Lewis University featuring writing, visual arts and musical compositions submitted by students, faculty, staff and alumni.
The first issue of Windows was published in 1981, and its publication was funded by a Strengthening Developing Institutions Program (SDIP) grant. The 1981 issue features student writing, all winners of the inaugural Windows Writing Contest. The first-prize winners in each category received fifty dollars and a fifty-dollar U.S. Savings Bond in addition to publication in the magazine.
Student artwork first appears in the 1983 issue of Windows, and, thereafter, visual arts submissions become a regular part of the magazine. Although the publication was open to faculty submissions from the start, the first faculty work—a poem—does not appear until the 1988 edition. The following year, in 1989, the first work by an alumni is published. Finally, in 2003, musical composition is added as a category for the first time.
The writing and other works published in the magazine reflect student concerns, including responses to current events, and the research interests of the university through special themes and categories for submission. As a result, Windows magazine does indeed provide a window into the cultural life of the Lewis University community.
This digital collection includes all issues of the magazine, from its first appearance in 1981 through the present. The original print issues are retained by the Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, Archives of Lewis University.
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