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37th Annual Teen Art Competition at CFAC

(At right, Angela Brangman's drawing "Playground" won Best of Show as well as First Place in its category. Photo by Steve Sartori, used with permission.)

Long-time Syracuse photographer Marjory Wilkins has been missing from public events for several months due to health concerns, but on Saturday she was back.

"Go look! They're wonderful!" she exclaimed, waving me toward the wall in the front gallery where many of the photo entries hung.

Community Folk Art Center curator Gina Stankivitz had told me earlier in the week that this year's competition had more schools and youth arts programs, more entries, and more varieties of art than usual. The rise in photo and print entries may be due in part to the Way to Go Photography Program taught by Kimber Gunn. The photo first place winner, Corcoran senior Vaughn'Disa Sanders' "The Skin I'm In," came out of Way to Go, and Marjory Wilkins was particularly taken with Sanders' large grid of young people's portraits in color against a dark background.

This year, 13 area high schools and youth arts programs entered 126 pieces of art -- paintings, watercolors, drawings in a range of media, ceramics, photos, prints and this year, for the first time, fashion and hair-style.

Inspired by Jeffrey Mayer's Marie Antoinette exhibition last fall at the Everson Museum, "Marie Meets Mauriska at the 12th Night Ball" is a three-mannequin extravaganza created by the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central's Jazmine Jackson, Jhane Hammons, Katie Robbins, Shakayla Mitchell, Mahleka Dorsey, Adrianna Benton, and Anellys Olivo. Dr. Khelli Willetts presented the special CFAC Director's Award to "Marie Meets Mauriska," which also took first place in "3D."

The Eclectic Award went to Lafayette student Courtney Lyons for her presentation of hand-made cards of shell design combining prints, Sumie ink and ribbon, and first place in painting went to Henninger High School's Kathleen Cruz for "Retreat."

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