Scholastic art winners on exhibit at Marywood
BY JOSH MCAULIFFE
Mountain View High School student Keri Jarnigan and Montrose Area Junior High School student Emily Hare were recognized this past week as the recipients of Gold Key awards in the Northeast Pa. Scholastic Arts Award competition.
Also, from Mountain View, Eliza Himko was awarded a Silver Key as were Cassidy Congdon of Forest City, Taylor Decker of Blue Ridge, and Sara Kwiatkowski of Elk Lake.
The artistic talents of students from across the region are being recognized as part of the annual exhibit, sponsored by The Times-Tribune, in Mahady Gallery of Marywood University’s Shields Center for Visual Arts. Running through Sunday, Feb. 10, it features about 275 pieces in all by 154 seventh- through 12th-grade students from nearly 30 area schools.
On Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m., the students will be honored at a public awards ceremony at the gallery.
According to Amy Sleboda, marketing coordinator for Times-Shamrock Communications and regional advisory director for the contest, 1,796 works were judged this year, almost double the 985 entries from last year.
Sleboda said this is partly because of recent rule changes by Scholastic, now in its 90th year, that permit students to submit as many entries as they want. One student, for instance, sent in 36 pieces.
“Luckily, it’s all done digitally. That definitely streamlines everything,” Sleboda said.
Entries were divided into categories, including painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, comic art, ceramics & glass, digital art, fashion, architecture, film & animation and video games.
“There was some interesting stuff made with cardboard,” Sleboda said. “One student made a humongous watch out of cardboard. Another did a camera the size of a desk.”
“The digital work is becoming more prevalent. Photography is generally strong,” said Sandra Povse, director of Marywood’s art galleries. “This year, it’s a colorful show, especially with the paintings and drawings and photographs.”
The entries were judged by local artists Bernard Maneiaracina, Pauline Glykokokulos, Frank Goryl, Georgiana Cray Bart, Michael Muller, Steven Muller, Chala Janpraphasakul, Rob Lettieri and Marc Tobin. Originality, technical skill and emergence of a personal vision were the three primary criteria for the judges, who were assigned works in their particular fields of expertise.
The Gold Key artworks will be sent for judging on the national level.
Sleboda said visitors to the exhibit likely will be quite impressed by the quality of the work.
“I think these students are pretty talented, I really do,” she said.
Receiving honorable mention in the competition, but not on exhibit are the following students from Blue Ridge: Abby Kerr, Amelia Kerr, Mary Mangel and Erin Perry; from Mountain View: Ashley Nichols and Leeanne Sherman; as well as Veronica Head of Elk Lake and Larissa Grigaitis.
Robert Baker also contributed to this story.