BRISTOL - Bristol middle and high school students earned 13 awards in the 2018 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art awards competition.
The event is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state and is an affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The Connecticut sponsors are the Connecticut Art Education Association Inc. and The Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.
Greene-Hills K-8 School won a top award, CAEA Best in Show Printmaking, Group 1, making for three years in a row, according to Lori Eschner, district art department director.
This year’s winner is Michael Goff for his print “Tiny Dancer,” which also won a Gold Key Award.
“Printmaking is my favorite art form,” Joseph Johnson, Michael’s art teacher, has said. “It incorporates drawing, design, painting, and even low relief sculpture.”
The awards ceremony will be Sunday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. It is open to the public, no tickets needed.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Min Jun Kim, director of the New Britain Museum of American Art. Dianna Wentzell, state Commissioner of Education, will also speak.
The winning works are on exhibit in the Silpe Gallery, in the Hartford Art School’s Taub Hall, University of Hartford, now through Friday, Feb. 2. The gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends noon to 4 p.m. On the day of the ceremony the gallery will be open noon to 5 p.m.
The exhibition’s theme is “Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Connecticut Youth.”
The program sponsors emphasize that its purpose is not merely competition, but recognition and encouragement of talented students from across the state.
It will feature select work from 150 participating Connecticut schools in grades 7-12. Selected from approximately 2,500 total art entries, 683 works were accepted for exhibit. There were a total of 259 Gold Key awards (including 67 Gold Portfolios), 197 Silver Keys, and 225 Honorable Mention awards granted.
Local winners will be recognized at the March 7 Board of Education meeting, Eschner said.
The national program was started to honor the creative efforts of students grades seven to 12 in public, private, and parochial schools.
The top Gold Key winners from each national region will have their artworks reviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges at the national level in March. Select national winners will be exhibited in New York City during June, with an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
List of Bristol winners
Bristol Central High School:
Tiffany Bartlett, “Three Cups,” Honorable Mention in Ceramics and Glass, art teacher Brandon Zanauskas.
Logan Holtz, “Pumpkin,” Honorable Mention in Ceramics and Glass, art teacher Brandon Zanauskas.
Kiana Love, “Pumpkin,” Honorable Mention in Ceramics and Glass, art teacher Brandon Zanauskas.
Bristol Eastern High School:
Jayda Norton, “Nine Boxes,” Silver Key in Painting, art teacher John Morfis.
Chippens Hill Middle School:
Pushpita Hossain, “Cherry Blossom,” Silver Key in Printmaking, art teacher Brian Troccolo.
Pushpita Hossain, “My Eyes,” Honorable Mention in Painting, art teacher Brian Troccolo.
Michael Goff, “Tiny Dancer,” Gold Key in Printmaking, CAAA Best in Printmaking-Group 1, art teacher Joseph Johnson.
Taylor Szlaban, “Nature’s Puzzle,” Silver Key in Printmaking, art teacher Joseph Johnson.
Northeast Middle School:
Faith Boilard, “Lighthouse and Boat,” Honorable Mention in Printmaking, art teacher Sarah May.
Sarah Cody, “Pastel Fish,” Honorable Mention in Printmaking, art teacher Sarah May.
Erica Guzman, “Fish Pattern,” Honorable Mention in Printmaking, art teacher Sarah May.
Samantha Paradis, “Turning Fish,” Silver Key in Printmaking, art teacher Allison Masse.
Evan Prince, “Colorful Fish,” Honorable Mention in Printmaking, art teacher Allison Masse.