Marissa Fuller of Pleasant Valley, NY was a winner of the “Portraying Mark Twain” art competition

Marissa Fuller of Pleasant Valley, NY was a winner of the “Portraying Mark Twain” art competition

ELMIRA, NY (04/21/2023)– The Center for Mark Twain Studies (CMTS) announced this year’s winners of the “Portraying Mark Twain” art competition.

In its seventh year, the annual competition is open to all Elmira College (EC) students, regardless of academic major. Four final images were selected from 54 submissions that included representations of Mark Twain, his literature, or aspects of his life in Elmira and at Quarry Farm.

This year’s first-place winner is Marissa Fuller ’23, a Nursing major.

Three honorable mentions went to:

  • Dakota Weatherly ’23, Psychology major
  • Sienna Fell ’25, Nursing major
  • Gabby Caporossi ’24, Speech and Hearing major

Click here to see all of the EC student submissions including the winning pieces.

Works by former winning students can be seen in the “Mark Twain and Elmira College” exhibit in Cowles Hall, on social media posts, and in various CMTS printed materials.


Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering 25-plus majors, an honors program, 17 academic societies, and 16 Division III varsity teams. Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York, Elmira’s undergraduate and graduate student population hails from more than 20 states and nine countries. Elmira is a Phi Beta Kappa College and has been ranked a top college, nationally, for student internships. The College is also home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, one of four historically significant Twain heritage sites in the U.S., which attracts Twain scholars and educators from around the world for research on the famous literary icon. Proud of its history and tradition, the College is committed to the ideals of community service, and intellectual and individual growth.

Author: Harlem Valley News