Twenty-one Marcellus students received 30 awards in the 2015 CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition, including six prestigious Gold Key and 13 Silver Key awards, during an awards ceremony Jan. 15 at Onondaga Community College.
More than 5,800 pieces were judged in 14 categories for entry in national competition, as well as for local awards, cash prizes, and special recognition. Individual pieces and eight-piece portfolios were awarded Gold Key (highest honor), Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Gold Key award winners will be considered for national-level recognition. Last year, the 13-county Central New York region produced 16 national award winners.
“I am very proud of all the students who submitted work. Their art is the result of hard work, dedication and creativity,” Marcellus High School art teacher Tara Charles said. “Congratulations to all of the students who won awards. It is truly an accomplishment to be part of the show!”
Following the awards ceremony at host site Onondaga Community College, an exhibit of over 1,500 winning works was unveiled. The exhibit is free and open to the public at OCC’s Whitney Applied Technology Center through Feb. 27. The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse also will display select works this spring.
Onondaga Community College, as part of their Arts Across Campus initiative, has hosted this program for 16 consecutive years. Other area supporters include Syracuse Ceramic Guild, Light Work, Delavan Center, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Everson Museum, John D. Barrow Art Gallery, The Art Store/Commercial Art Supply, Tracy L. Haylor Memorial Fund, Rudy Hellmann Photography, and OCC Foundation.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which include regional competitions in more than 100 communities around the country, have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Syracuse University alumna Joyce Carol Oates. To date, the Awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States.
Click here to see a slideshow featuring some of the award-winning artwork and photography.
Award winners from Marcellus High School:
Makayla Burdekin, Gold Key
Rachel Ceparski, Silver Key
Zoe Higgins, Gold Key and Silver Key
Nathan Long, honorable mention
Abaigeal Rix, honorable mention
Emma Beaulieu, Silver Key, photography, and an honorable mention
Bryce Boynton, two Gold Keys, ceramics and glass; two Silver Keys, ceramics and glass; and an honorable mention
Makayla Burdekin, Silver Key, photography, and an honorable mention
Hannah Burns, Silver Key, photography
Rachel Ceparksi, honorable mention
Maddie Conklin, two Silver Keys, photography
Madolyn DiCaprio, Gold Key, photography, and an honorable mention.
Samantha Dimarco, Silver Key, painting
Sage Hall, Silver Key, photography
Rebekah Herold, honorable mention
Monica Hoke, honorable mention
Shyanne Rosetti, honorable mention
Sadie Smith, honorable mention
Schuyler Stuart, honorable mention
Abigail Van Camp, Gold Key, mixed media.
Annabelle Vanderwerf, honorable mention
Kayley Wagner, Silver Key, photography
Award winners from C. S. Driver Middle School
Jake Sheridan, Silver Key, drawing and illustration