Lots of exciting art-related news coming out of at the end of the school year.
Four Advanced Placement art students were selected to participate in the 2012 Congressional Art Competition, and one of them took home the top prize in the First Congressional District.
Jessica Bono and Niamh Hegarty (teacher Steve Cohen, AP Photography;) Mariah Dempsey and Nicole Frank (teacher Heather Evans, AP Studio Drawing), were asked to participate in the nation-wide high school arts competition that is sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nicole Frank was awarded first place and is the overall winner from the First Congressional District for her work titled Abundance which exhibited a "sophisticated handling of the paint medium and an equally surprising maturity of style for such a young artist." Her painting will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and she will attend the opening reception in June.
The award ceremony was held May 5 at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead. This year’s juror was Elizabeth Malunowitz from the East End Artist Council.
Mariah Dempsey was awarded third place for her work titled Vague Reality, demonstrating “skillful understanding of chiarascuro and reflected light.”
East Hampton has had two other first place winners in the recent past, Megan Farnham in 2010 and Hana Geery in 2004.
Also, 13 students participated in the "Design for the Times" Student Art Exhibit in Riverhead and four came home with awards. Sponsored by Suffolk County Community College, the awards for "Design for the Tmes" were presented at the Lyceum Gallery in Riverhead on April 28.
Erika Garcia, a student in Heather Evans’ Advanced Placement Studio Art class, received the “Best in Show” award for her painting, “ Violence Will Not Silence Us." Erika was presented with a check for $100 at the reception. Her artwork will be included in her Advanced Placement Studio in Art portfolio.
Victor Rodriguez, as student in Bruce Lieberman’s Sculpture and Ceramics class, was awarded first place in sculpture. Thomas Van Scoyoc, a student in Jeremy Quitko’s Advanced Broadcast and Reporting class received the first place video award for his film “Hestera." The first place Graphic Design Award went to “Graphic Maze”, a computer-generated work by Esteban Aguilar, a student in Mary Antczak’s Graphic Design class and also an Advanced Placement Studio Art student.