Creative Services’ Evan Cantwell Is July Employee of the Month

Posted: July 1, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Evan Cantwell, photography coordinator in Creative Services, is Employee of the Month for July. Cantwell started working part-time at George Mason as the photography coordinator for University Relations nearly five years ago, then moved to a full-time position.

“When Evan joined the photography unit, he brought a new level of professionalism and service to the job. He is a talented photographer and has helped build photo files in a way that makes a major contribution to my office’s ability to promote George Mason,” says Helen Ackerman, vice president for university relations. “Evan brings a true awareness of service to his job and recognizes the need to work as part of a team.”

“Evan is extremely reliable, efficient, hardworking, and dedicated to excellence. He carries out his responsibilities with great consistency and good humor,” says Daniel Walsch, executive director of university relations. “Evan takes literally thousands of photographs and slides each academic year, many as a result of specific assignments, but many as a result of his own creativity. He interacts with all segments of the campus community and does so extremely well. To remove Evan’s contributions to the university would be to remove a significant element of what makes George Mason such a strong presence.”

Before coming to George Mason, Cantwell, who was recently featured in the new Daily Gazette feature, “Everyday Hero,” interned at the Smithsonian, taking photographs of art displayed at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. He was also a teaching assistant at Gallaudet University while developing his skills by working with professional photographers in the area.

Cantwell is responsible for supervising student employees, initiating photo shoots, and working with project managers on the myriad of projects that Creative Services produces annually. His photography spans “portraiture to photojournalism to pictorials,” he says.

When asked what he likes most about his job, Cantwell says, “I enjoy getting inspired by the creative spirit, whether it comes from the professors or from students.” He also notes that George Mason provides “diverse subject matter, which makes it a great place to practice a trade while I learn more about art. George Mason is a self-contained ‘city’ without the city attitude. The work ethic and dedication are endemic in the faculty and staff, so the students have every opportunity to learn about other parts of the world and themselves.”

Cantwell, who received his BA in art with a concentration in photography from James Madison University, plans to work toward a master’s degree in digital imaging. Eventually, he would like to open his own photography business and exhibit his work.

When asked how he feels about being selected as the Employee of the Month, he says modestly, “It wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t work with the right people. I have one of the easiest jobs on campus. The hard part, which I think we all contribute to, is creating an environment so that someone who has the potential to win a Pulitzer or a Nobel Prize or raise millions of dollars for war refugees wants to come work at George Mason. The easy part is to photograph them. The hard part is ensuring the right people hear about the great things our faculty and students do here.”

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