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Montclair High School Art Students Take High Honors

Montclair High School art students took high honors in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. These awards recognize a high level of artistic accomplishment. See examples of some of the winners' work, below.

Gold Key Award recipients

Jordi Artigas (Art Portfolio-Mixed Media)
Greyson Bruwer (Ceramics and Sculpture);
Kayla Ephros (Art Portfolio-Mixed Media);
John Lee (Photography);
Savannah Strentz (Painting and Mixed Media)

Silver Key Award recipient

Helen Laser (Photography)

Honorable Mention recipients

Ian Langenhough (Art Portfolio-Printmaking)
Indigo Nelson (Art Portfolio-Photography)
Carly Richman (Architecture)

“We are proud of all of our students who entered this competition. Our visual art program here at Montclair High supports excellence on all levels and through all of the artistic disciplines. Students study with one or more of our teachers including Mr. Tucker, Ms. Voorhis, Mr. Cleerdin, Ms. Petrigliano and Mrs. Shakespear (architecture). Through the combined efforts of our highly accomplished teachers, our students thrive and excel,” said Stefanie Nagorka, art teacher at MHS.

An exhibition and awards program for all regional winners will be held at the Montclair Art Museum on Thurs., Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Students artwork will be on display at MAM through the end of February.

“I personally moderated each of the panels last week so I had the pleasure of seeing the range and strength of artwork being done in our region,” said Gary Schneider, Director of Education at the Montclair Art Museum. “The jury panels are divided by media and judged by artists, photographers, designers, educators and curators who work in that particular media. The process is ‘blind’ so the jurors do not know any personal information (name, town, school) about the students. The artwork is reviewed with the criteria of Originality, Technical Skill, and Emergence of Personal Vision.”

In this year’s Northern NJ Region Scholastics Awards, 27 jurors reviewed 2,293 total submissions from 592 students from 124 schools in 138 towns. There were 287 Regional Gold Key winners; 104 Silver Key winners, 120 Regional Honorable Mention winners.

National Scholastic Art and Writing awards are recognized as a premier avenue through which young artists can receive recognition for their work. Students submit their works to regional programs of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and its Regional Affiliates. Students can earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

Across the country, more than 165,000 works will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals. More than 50,000 students will earn Honorable Mention, Silver Keys and Gold Keys in regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2011. Works designated as Gold Keys will be forwarded for national-level review in February 2011.

Below: “Sand” (mixed media), Jordi Artigas

Below: “The Early Years” (oil on canvas), Savannah Strentz

 Below: “Weight/Light/Weightlessness” (oil on canvas) Kayla Ephros

Article Date: Jan 23, 2011