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15 Stamford Public Schools students recognized for outstanding art

By Stamford Public Schools (SPS)

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Stamford, CT - Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announces that 10 SPS students were recently recognized for their outstanding artistic contributions by the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Award program and five additional students have been selected for the Stamford Art Association’s 40th Annual High School Scholarship Show.

The 40th Annual High School Scholarship Show is a professionally juried show, which opens this weekend. Winners were selected from among entries representing 14 Fairfield County high schools and were awarded in five categories. Students will receive cash, merchandise, or scholarships to assist in their pursuit of art education.

“We are extremely proud of our young student artists who have entered these very selective and competitive events,” said Paul Cusano, SPS District Fine Art Content Leader. “Those who received recognition are among the top young artists in the state. The students honored at this level gain a sense of pride and accomplishment for their hard work, and the teachers are just as excited as the students.”

The opening reception for the Student Show will be held at the Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin Street, Stamford, Conn., Sunday, March 3, from 4pm to 6pm. Congressman Jim Himes will present the awards.

SAA Student Show Winners from Stamford

1st place
Ana Cuyun, Stamford High School, Portfolio
Isabel Gomez, Stamford High School, Drawing
Nicolas Mancheno, Stamford High School, Print

2nd place
Pamela Marquez, Stamford High School, Portfolio
Honorable Mention
Shira Yaari, Stamford High School, Print

For the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Award program, the student’s artwork was judged by professional artists and university art faculty. Winners were selected for levels of gold key, silver key and honorable mention in each of 17 media categories. The winners’ were awarded in January and their artwork was on display at the University of Hartford.

Connecticut Regional Scholastic Award Program Winners from Stamford

Gold Key*
Mollie MacDougall, Stamford High School, Gold Key, Art Portfolio
Jeremy Beck, Stamford High School, Gold Key, Mixed Media
Isabel Gomez, Stamford High School, Gold Key, Drawing
Carolyn Armas, Westhill High School, Gold Key, Photography

Silver Key
Rachel Barash, Westhill High School, Silver Key, Photography
Brandon Hoak, Rippowam Middle School, Honorable Mention, Drawing
Kevin O'Connor, Stamford High School, Silver Key, Design

Honorable Mention
Fatima Jumaralli, Westhill High School, Honorable Mention, Photography
Sandra Llamas, Stamford High School, Honorable Mention, Jewelry
Cindy Luo, Rippowam Middle School, Silver Key, Fashion

“We encourage our students to enter these highly competitive contests because it validates the rigor of our curriculum and showcases the range and depth of talent in our district.” said Cusano.

The Stamford Art Association, established in 1971, is a nonprofit organization whose members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Our mission as a neighborhood arts organization is to provide a forum where emerging and professional artists can exhibit their work to the community and compete in juried shows.

The Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards program is an affiliate of The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and is sponsored by the Connecticut Art Education Association and is one of America's oldest and most prestigious recognition of achievement in the visual arts and writing. The 2013 winners were selected from more than 2,000 total art entries.

*All of the Gold Key Award winners selected at the state level will automatically enter the National Scholastic competition, where the winners will be selected in May.

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