Art Students Earn Prestigious Awards

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Alvin Zhao, Honorable Mention in Painting “The Elephant”

Elizabeth Picken

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.

 

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  • Zia Angell, Honorable Mention in Photography “Two Way Traffic”

  • Zia Angell, Silver Key in Photography “Shadows”

  • Zia Angell, Gold Key in Photography “Bubble”

  • Harry Tan, Gold Key in Photography “Multiple Self”

  • Sara Silmi, Gold Key in Photography “Inside”

  • Sara Silmi, Honorable Mention in Photography “Criss Cross”

  • Sara Silmi, Honorable Mention in Photography “Bottles”

  • Sade Latinwo, Silver Key in Photography “Texture”

  • Sade Latinwo, Honorable Mention in Photography “Hose”

  • Rebecca Calhoun, Silver Key in Photography “Order”

  • Paxton Wong, Silver Key in Photography “Floating”

  • Olivier Khorasani, Gold Key in Photography “Slide”

  • Olivier Khorasani, Silver Key in Photography “Leaf”

  • Olivier Khorasani, Honorable Mention in Photography “1993”

  • Megan Stander, Silver Key in Photography “Web”

  • James Heo, Honorable Mention in Mixed Media “Indian Landscape”

  • Jacob Quiles, Silver Key in Photography “Walking Man”

  • Enna Spivak, Silver Key in Photography “Stairs”

  • Cara Rittner, Honorable Mention in Photography “217”

  • Cara Rittner, Honorable Mention in Photography “Skyline”

  • Alvin Zhao, Honorable Mention in Painting “The Elephant”

  • Alina Fischer, Silver Key in Painting “Portrait”

  • Alex Pan, Gold Key in Photography “Tenebrous”

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“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!