Local teen artists awarded

Hundreds of talented junior and senior high students throughout Central New York, including more than 20 artists from local schools, were recently recognized as winners in the 2009 Scholastic Art Awards program, the largest annual student art competition in America.

Following the student art awards ceremony, a 1,000 piece exhibit of their outstanding work was unveiled at Onondaga Community College. The exhibit is free and open to the public through March 6 in OCC's Whitney Applied Technology Center. Select works will also be on display at the Everson Museum of Art, in Syracuse, March 13 through April 12, and the Onondaga County Courthouse from March 10 through April 10.

Nearly 5,000 works of art were judged for entry in national competition and to receive local cash prizes, special recognition and awards. Awards were given for complete eight-piece portfolios, gold (first place), silver (second place) and honorable mention. In addition, there were 19 individual categories that included painting, sculpture, photography, computer art, video, textiles and more.

The annual program is coordinated by area art teachers who are volunteers of the CNY Scholastic Art Advisory Council. During the January ceremony, the 2009 Scholastic Teacher Inspiration award was presented to Fayetteville-Manlius high school art teacher Bob Niedzwiecki for his years of developing and nurturing talent in young artists. In addition, Poland Central School was recognized for support given to their art teachers by the principal and administrators.

The following local students earned awards for their artwork:

Jordan Elbridge Middle School

Honorable Mention: Valerie Weeks

West Genesee

High School

Silver Key: Matthew Ulrich, Drawing.

Honorable Mention: Rachel Donovan.

Camillus Middle School

Silver Key: Hanna Brovka, Product Design.

West Genesee Middle School

Silver Key: Amy Baranello, Product Design; Leah Masello, Mixed Media; David Zhuravel, Ceramics and Glass.

Honorable Mention: Amy Baranello, Amber Bartlett, DanaMarie KelloggShaffer, Austin Ray-Briggman.

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