Thursday, March 22, 2012

Virgina's talented young artists


Caroline Smith, "I am Woman"
The National Scholastic Art Awards hold a long tradition of recognizing promising young artists and supporting their passion. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

I am proud to announce that twenty-two of these national medals were awarded to seventeen Virginia students from the surrounding Richmond region this past year.  These awardees are recognized as the nation’s most talented young artists. Virginia’s silver and gold medalists will be honored at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31, 2012. Gold medalists’ works will be eligible for exhibitions held in New York City and Washington D.C. and for publication in Scholastic’s National Catalog. VMFA honors all Regional Gold Key winners with a ceremony and exhibition, which was on view February 18- March 19, 2012. 

Lindsey Rosenthal Gold, "The Harder You Look"

This is VMFA’s second year as a Regional Affiliate for the Scholastic Art Awards, the twenty-two medals awarded this year is triple the amount from last year. VMFA serves as the regional affiliate for the following Virginia cities and counties: Richmond, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Hopewell, Henrico, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, King William, West Point, Sussex, Surry, New Kent, Charles City, Prince George, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, York, Portsmouth, Poquoson, Franklin, Isle of Wright, and Southampton.
We are all very excited for these promising young artists!

Below is a list of national winners from Richmond and surrounding counties:

Gold Medalists:
Sophie Eichner, Deep Run High School
Miranda Elliot, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies
Morgan Hayes, Henrico High School
Selena Kitchens, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies
Anna Laughter, Freeman High School
Mary Lincoln, Hermitage High School
Mac Todd, Albert Hill Middle School
Mac Todd, "Through the Window"
Silver Medalists:
Summer Balcom, Manchester High School
Miles Barnett, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology
Erika Chu, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies
Sophie Eichner, Deep Run High School
Hannah Lewis, Thomas Dale High School
Emma McCormack, Swift Creek Middle School
Tyler O’Brien, Cosby High School
Lindsey Rosenthal, Henrico High School
Caroline Smith, Matoaca High School
Catharine Wintory, Henrico High School
Benjamin Gross, Trinity Episcopal School
Sidney Tilghman, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology

Congratulations to these outstanding students!




- Jessica Bauserman is the Youth and Family Events Coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.





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