Students from Pomperaug High School, Rochambeau Middle School, and Memorial Middle School were recognized in the Connecticut Student Awards presentation on Sunday, January 29th at the 26th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state of Connecticut.
Professional artists and University of Hartford art faculty judged over 1,500 Connecticut student art works in varied art media categories. Artwork was selected on merit for inclusion in the statewide art exhibition that was held at the Hartford Art School. Beyond the honor of being selected for this exclusive exhibit, students were awarded gold or silver keys and honorable mention places in each of 17 media categories.
At the art exhibit, two Region 15 students earned Gold Keys, four Region 15 students earned Silver Keys, and three Region 15 students earned honorable mentions. Their performance showcases the students’ talents and reflects the innovation of the creative art programs in the district.
From Pomperaug High School (L-R): Kaitlyn Furr earned a Silver Key in mixed media for her artwork “Rebirth”; Clara Ma earned a Silver Key in painting for her artwork titled “Evening Waltz”; and Sara Belmont received an honorable mention for her painting titled “Dream Time”.
From Memorial Middle School (L-R): Brianna Knapp received an honorable mention for her mixed media piece “Entangled”; Maria Brennan received an honorable mention for her painting “Purple Impulse”; and Colton Heath Morris received a Gold Key for his sculpture “Nature Creature”.
From Rochambeau Middle School (L-R): Brynn Paccione earned a Gold Key in ceramics and glass for her narrative self portrait; Mary Vas earned a Silver Key for her Georgia O’Keefe inspired drawing and illustration; and Cole Stevens earned a Silver Key in ceramics and glass for his narrative self portrait.
The exhibition, “Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Connecticut Youth”, was sponsored in Connecticut by the CT Art Education Association, Inc and The Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. This national program was originated to honor the creative efforts of grade 7 to 12 students in public, private and parochial schools; it is now the largest and most senior program of its type in the country.