2022 Holiday Greeting Card Contest: meet the student behind the winning artwork

Research and innovation
Faculty of Engineering

By University of Ottawa

Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, OVPRI

Mark Kravchenko & Sylvain Charbonneau
Mark Kravchenko, mechanical engineering student and Sylvain Charbonneau, vice-president, research and innovation
A red paper airplane about to take off while other less-fortunate-looking ones lie along the sides of the runway with scrunched noses. That’s how Mark Kravchenko, a second-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Ottawa, imagined his winning artwork for the 2022 Holiday Greeting Card Contest.

Open to all uOttawa students, the yearly competition is an initiative sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) to inspire students to think about innovation and to promote their artistic talent across the campus and beyond.  

The winning piece, entitled Launch, will be featured on the 2022 OVPRI holiday greeting card, and its creator will receive a $2,000 cheque from the OVPRI.   

“The red airplane represents energy and creativity,” said Kravchenko. “As human beings, we constantly produce new ideas. However, not all of them will take off and pierce through. The unsuccessful ones are also a necessary part of the innovation process. Without the lessons learned from failure, it is almost impossible to create effective, sustainable innovation.”   

Mark Kravchenko relies mainly on digital tools to create his art. That said, he doesn’t let the limited availability of certain assets restrict his vision. When online libraries failed to meet his creative needs, the uOttawa student resorted to crafting his own paper airplanes. He then photographed the planes, cropped the images and added them to his digital canvas.   

A heartfelt thank you to our judges for making this contest another success and to all participating students who shared their own visions of innovation through their artistic lens.