Art Students Earn Prestigious Awards

The Arts Department is on a roll, bringing home multiple accolades.

Last month, the School received 23 Scholastic Art Awards (SAA). Gold Key recipients will not only have their work sent to the national level for judging, but pieces will also be exhibited at Education First in Cambridge from tomorrow until March 20.

Over 50 judges reviewed over 15,000 entries in art, basing decisions on originality, technical skill, and personal vision.


“Receiving such an impressive number of awards is a validation to how strong, passionate and dedicated our Brimmer artist are,” says Art teacher Kathryn Lee. “However, I believe that the real measure of success in the art room is when students create something they are proud of, which I think happens on a daily basis in our community. I am honored to work with such an inspiring group of students everyday.”

Sara Silmi ’16, who won one SISAL and three Scholastic awards, relies on art to “express herself in ways that words cannot.” Harry Tan ’18  won a Scholastic Award for his photography. “Art is a major part of my school life,” he said, adding that he plans to continue honing his photography skills.

Art teacher Brent Ridge is proud of the winners. As a student, Ridge benefited from teachers who challenged him to cross new boundaries. “When students bring me something that is adequate, I see the potential and I try to show them how they can take that next step forward.”

Earlier this week, eight students also earned recognition at the Small Independent School Art League Competition (SISAL).

The Gator congratulates all of the winners. Keep up the terrific work!

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