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Part-time faculty member and painter Dusanka Komnenic won first prize on April 28 in the AsylumNYC project at the White Box Gallery in New York City. She received free legal assistance to secure a three-year visa for artists of "extraordinary ability" and a solo show on Saturday April 29.

Selected along with nine other foreign-born artists from among 200 who applied for the project, Komnenic spent five days with only a pen, paper, mattress and an imaginary cell marked with tape on the floor to create a work or situation that challenges a regime of exclusion. Two of the artists selected to compete were unable to attend because of travel and visa difficulties.

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