Art student from Chanute wins a place on cover of Carnegie Hall's Playbills

Michael Miller realized during his summer art history class that "music and performances are linked to color, because they bring colors to the mind."

That thought returned one day a little while later when he clicked on a link that caught the corner of his eye. Miller, a sophomore art student from Chanute at Fort Hays State University, had stumbled on the 2008-2009 Playbill Cover-Art Contest of New York City's Carnegie Hall.

The result, a couple of hours after clicking that link, was "Harmonic Conversion" -- Interlocking, overlapping tabbed circles of yellows, oranges, blues and greens. The circles are like the filters on theatrical stage lights, he said, bringing together on his cover the colors of music and performance.

It is the cover for the September Playbill, the program for the month's performances at the historic performing arts center. Miller is one of 10 winners, one for each of the 10 months of Carnegie's season. The prize for each is $500 and two season tickets.

"I'm stunned," said Miller. "I've never won anything before."

The Carnegie's contest, open only to enrolled students, asked contestants to choose as a theme a quotation from a famous artist, musician or writer. Ten were provided, but the selection was not limited to those.

Miller chose one from Wassily Kandinsky, the 20th-century Russian painter: "Color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The sound is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically."

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