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Our goal of this competition is to provide a forum for public recognition of the creativity and talent of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Meet the Judges!

2022 Marie Jean Philip Competition Judges

Sera Kassab

My name is Sera Kassab. I’m a mixed media Deaf artist. I’m a painter, graphic designer, video editor, photographer, and also make sculptures and fiber work art installations.

I have graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, QC. I have a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a Major in Studio Arts.

I have been drawing since the age of 4. I have been using my art as a means of communication, to compensate for my loss of hearing. I taught myself how to draw at first, then paint. By the age of 10, I was continuously astonishing people around me with my creativity. I enrolled in my first professional art classes at 16. I also took jewelry making classes and photography classes, making this the first time I explore different media as an artist.

At 17, I had my first art exhibition
at Saidye Bronfman in Montreal, QC. At 25, I joined Seeing Voices Montreal (SVM) a non profit organization dedicated to the Deaf community in Montreal. I was cast as a Deaf Silly Dwarf in Deaf Snow White play. This was my first experience to act in a professional play. For their second play, the Little Mermaid, I was responsible for their set design and used my graphic design skills to make their promotional kits. I was also part of the Seen & Heard Documentary about that play. Today I’m still working as a video editor and graphic designer for SVM.

I obtained a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, Major in Studio Arts from Concordia University. I graduated with distinction (honors). I also teach Art classes and ASL classes. For the past two years I have been working as a video editor for Cineall TV.

Art is my passion and my way of communicating with the world. I love to work with a lot of media. My next goal is to add storytelling and illustrating to my achievements. And who knows…maybe become an animator / cinematographer one day too!

Check out Sera’s Website!

Jon Savage

Growing up with a photographer/videographer father and hair stylist/craft artist mother, both who had deep roots and aspirations, I had fueled my artistic creativity for as long as I can remember. I became more fascinated with the arts during my childhood years.  I fell in love with all types of media/visual arts, such as photography, video editing, cinematography, acting and painting in different times and places. Throughout my Deaf childhood, I had remained passionately devoted to educating Deaf people about the linguistic, social, political and cultural issues of the Deaf community by traveling across the states and countries. Late 2011, my desires and aspirations to be an artist were once again fueled.  I began creating contemporary art paintings based on people and classical subjects that inspired me by using abstract, bright colors and clean cut painting style. Currently I use my paintings/photographs as life stories that are reflected in my visual journey. 

Check out Jon’s Website!

2022 Marie Jean Philip Awards Ceremony MC

Justin Perez!

Justin was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He was a student at Texas School for the Deaf. He has always been fascinated by American Sign Language (ASL) performance art and storytelling styles. Throughout his teenage years, he had incredibly deep bonds with several of his close friends who also enjoy sharing a variety of ASL stories, and that was where he defined numerous storytelling techniques along with sign language expressions. The more he shared his stories with the public; the more people have asked him to continue sharing his stories.

That was the fuel to his creativity and innovative persona in pushing new ASL performance boundaries and art. He quickly realized this type of work is something he is passionate about, particularly the field of ASL. Justin started receiving offers and opportunities all over the world, including being a Visual Vernacular (VV) teacher at Texas School for the Deaf, ASL tutor at National Technical Institute of the Deaf, ASL model and expert with TRUE+WAY ASL curriculum, and many more. 

Most recently, he won the ASL Elements national ASL competition with his fan favorite, a Super Mario Kart story. He ultimately aims to bring his new ASL performance art to the ASL World. Overall, Visual Vernacular is his speciality and favorite performance style! Justin is available for presentations, workshops, modeling, performing and potential contractual work. Interested? Please feel free to contact him!

Stay Tuned to Find out the 2022 MJP Competition Winners!

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👏🏻 Here the winners for the 2022 MJP Competition.

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