Arts Council announces Student Art Show award-winners


BRATTLEBORO -- The Arts Council of Windham County announces the winners and honorable mentions of its 2014 High School Student Art Show.

They are, as follows, listed by category:


BEST IN SHOW: Soy Kwon, Vermont Academy, Untitled. Judges comments: "Multi-faceted; demonstrates mastery in several media including drawing and painting"

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Serena Pellerin, Brattleboro Union High School, "Lost Lola"; Jack Chang, The Putney School; "Resurrection of the Vampire"; Isabec Renaud, Brattleboro Union High School, "Spira Mirabilis";


BEST IN SHOW: Ruby Trabka, The Putney School, "Place Setting" Comments: "Beautiful and diverse range of forms; impressive mastery of both wheel-thrown and hand-built forms, as well as glazing techniques."

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Dong Cha, The Putney School, "Bird and Wind"; Tao Dong, Vermont Academy, Untitled; Henry Mizrahi, Brattleboro Union High School, "Teapot"; Miles Brautigan, The Putney School, Raku glaze with circles

Digital Arts

BEST IN SHOW: David Han, Vermont Academy, "Botanical Garden." Comments: "Creative idea; well-executed; good contrast between floating objects and background"

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Andrew Clark, Brattleboro Union High School, "I-Pharce"; Jack Stent, Brattleboro Union High School, "Brotein"; Calvin Lafland, Brattleboro Union High School, "Principles of Design Cube"

Handmade Books

BEST IN SHOW: Emma Truhan-Swanson, Brattleboro Union High School. Comments: "Mature, clear idea; well-executed; theme carries throughout book from introductory quote to conclusion."

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Jade Newton, Brattleboro Union High School; Kristina Stallvik, The Putney School

Photography (Traditional/Darkroom)

BEST IN SHOW: Jade Newton, Brattleboro Union High School, "Head in Lap." Comments: Technically accomplished and well-executed; sophisticated concept

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Tony Acevedo, Brattleboro Union High School, "Duck Face"; Jonah Siegel, The Putney School, Untitled; Daisy Osowski, Insight Photography, Untitled

Photography (Digital)

BEST IN SHOW: Anna Gagnon-Burch, Brattleboro Union High School, Untitled. Comments: "Wonderful depth and sense of movement; conceptual clarity"

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Yangho Lee, Vermont Academy, "Mirror Bricks"; Luci Hauty, Insight Photography, "Pink-haired Girl"; Phoebe Wolfman, Brattleboro Union High School, "Ready for the Storm"

Drawing (Color)

BEST IN SHOW: Leslie Botey, Vermont Academy, "Emma"; Comments: "Unique pattern, color and composition; mature treatment, evocative of Hockney or Matisse."

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Alicia Yang, Brattleboro Union High School, "Landscape"; Rachel Drinker, The Compass School, "Cows"; Emily Reilly, Leland & Gray High School, "Sketchbook Work"

Drawing (Black & White)

BEST IN SHOW: Jake Gaboreault, Brattleboro Union High School, "Revenge of the Frog" Comments: "Imaginative and bold; innovative combination/range of techniques

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Connley Crowder, Untitled, Brattleboro Union High School; Serena Pellerin, Brattleboro Union High School, Untitled; Ryan Fontaine, Brattleboro Union High School, Untitled


BEST IN SHOW: Kanya Abe, The Putney School, Color Reduction Linocut, Comments: "Beautiful line work; technically accomplished; interesting narrative; inventive composition"

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Kyla Ohayon, The Putney School, Soft Ground Etching; Theo Sutton, The Compass School, Woodcut, Meng Sun, Vermont Academy, Watercolor Monotype.


BEST IN SHOW: Abigail Lesure, Brattleboro Union High School, "Apple" Comments: "Well-executed; realistic rendering; nice treatment of shadows

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Marta Carreno, Vermont Academy, 3 Women Series; Taegen Fletcher, Brattleboro Union High School, "Blue Pumpkin"; Oly Gurik, Leland & Gray High School, "Jane Eyre"

GARY BLOMGREN AWARD: Siena Powers, The Putney School, "Two Deer". Comments: "Mature handling of subject; well-resolved composition; nice command of medium."

2014 Student Art Show Coordinator is Susan Rosano, a visual artist specializing in mosaics at her studio in Guilford. She is an Arts in Education Master Teaching Artist on the rosters of the Vermont Arts Council and Arts for Learning Connecticut. She brings arts programs to schools, libraries, museums, hospitals and other art venues throughout New England to people of all ages. She is a registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Consultant and Educator with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Rosano shows and sells her art at galleries in New England and has been the curator of many art shows.

2014 Student Art Show Judges:

* Adrienne Ginter is a local artist working in various mediums from her studio at the Whetstone Studio of the Arts in Brattleboro. She received a master’s in fine arts in painting from Boston University in 2006 and has since exhibited her work in galleries throughout New England. She was recently interviewed by "Other People’s Pixels" and featured on their blog. She recently participated in a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. She has numerous upcoming summer gallery shows including a solo show at Outerlands Gallery in Vergennes.

* Cathy DeMeo is a Connecticut-based printmaker and mixed-media installation artist. Her work has been included in juried exhibitions and has won several "best in show" prizes. She serves on the board of Artspace, a New Haven-based nonprofit organization serving visual artists. She has served as a judge for numerous art competitions.

* Stephen Lloyd is an architect practicing in West Brattleboro. Before moving to Vermont, he lived in Connecticut for more than 30 years where he exhibited and served as president of the Essex Art Association and had solo and two-person shows of his paintings in Chester, Conn. He worked with Sol LeWitt on the design of a synagogue. In Vermont, his membership in Brattleboro-West Arts has been a source of inspiration and fellowship with local artists. He paints in acrylic and watercolor and showed recently downtown with 13 other members of BWA.

Overall comments by judges: "We were impressed by the caliber of the student work as a whole. A high degree of skill and innovation was apparent in all categories. Credit is also due to teachers and instructors who have encouraged students to think creatively and explore non-traditional approaches, and to master various media and techniques."


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