Friday, January 8, 2016

Athens Students to receive Scholastics Art Awards

Part of being an artist is presenting our art to the world.  It takes a lot of bravery to go beyond exhibiting, but competing with other artists.  Several students from Athens High recently submitted artwork, representing our school in a regional contest among many schools in Pennsylvania and New York.  

This year AAHS had three student artists who won awards:
  • Tiegan Stetz, Silver Key Award for Printmaking
  • Breanna Forrest, Honorable Mention for Drawing 
  • McKaylah Dekay, Honorable Mention for Drawing
    Casper by Tiegan Stetz (Linocut Print)
Shasta by Breanna Forrest (pen and ink with watercolor)
Pelican by the Bay by McKaylah Dekay

These three students are invited to the Gala Awards Presentation on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at noon at the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY. This special event honors all the students, teachers, and schools and publicly recognizes the young artists of our region.  Immediately following the ceremony is a reception and grand opening of the show of winning artworks at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira. The show will be on view throughout the month of February. The entire Museum will be open to guests of the Scholastic Art Awards until 3 pm.

The Scholastic Art Award Competition is a regional competition that judges student artwork from all schools in the Twin Tiers of Pennsylvania and New York. From 808 pieces submitted, they accepted 226. The pieces that are chosen will be in an exhibit at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY. Museum director Rick Pirozzolo describes this program as “the state championship” for young artists. 

It is very steep competition, and it is prestigious to be recognized. However, we would like to stress to our students who represented our school that it is an honor to be chosen to compete. Out of the hundreds of drawings, these are the drawings that measured up to the high standards of technical accomplishment, originality, composition, and the emergence of a personal artistic vision. The students who competed from Athens this year include:
Sydney Liechty, Lauren Galasso, McKaylah DeKay, Breanna Forrest, Adam Hunsinger, Erica Hutchison, Tiegan Stetz, Abigail Cuno, Rachel Hutchison, Hayleigh Macik, Donna Cardona, Ariana Gambrell, Raegen Millar, Jeffrey Reagan and Amanda Sampson. 

More information about Scholastics:

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

Young artists in grades 7 through 12, from public, private, or home schools, can apply in 14 categories of art, ranging from drawing and painting to fashion and jewelry, for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited at the Museum. Submissions are juried by notable professionals in the community involved in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision
Many well-known artists and creative people received their first recognition in the Scholastic program, including Andy Warhol, film-maker Ken Burns, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Lena Dunham, Stephen King and John Lithgow.  Who knows what the future holds for these creative students from Athens? 

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