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May 20, 2005

Kagoshima Teacher Wins Top Art Prize

An American English conversation teacher is the first non-Japanese to win the top prize in the biggest art competition in Kagoshima Prefecture. Christopher Trotman was chosen as winner of the 52nd "Kenbiten Taisho" (Prefectural Art Exhibition Grand Prize) from among 1,349 works entered in the competition, of which 656 were put on display at the Kagoshima Prefectural Art Musuem on Wednesday. Trotman's oil painting, titled "Bright Lights and Hard Seats" and illustrating a scene on a train, was praised for its bold composition and color. The 24-year English teacher came to work in Kagoshima city after graduating from university two years ago, and often uses his illustration skills in the classroom.

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