Wooster School's Yingkai Xiong '19, Bella Friedman '20, and Michaela Yang '20 received honors in the 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Yingkai received a Gold and a Silver Key for his two solar plate etchings, Bella won a Gold Key for her comic book An Unlikely Heist, and Michaela received an Honorable Mention for her comic drawing titled Privilege.
The 29th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. It is a high level exhibition. As an affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards and The Alliance For Young Artists and Writers, the Connecticut region is proud to continue an annual tradition established in 1927. This national program was originated to honor the creative efforts of grade 7 to 12 students in public, private and parochial schools. It is now the largest and most senior program of its type in the country.
"Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Connecticut Youth" is the theme of this exhibition. The sponsors emphasize that the purpose of this program is not merely a competition of sorts, but a recognition and encouragement of talented visual art students from across the state. Many artists, university faculty and professionals in the field have participated to review and select 67 of the finest student art works in many art media categories from approximately 300 Connecticut student entries.
The 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition features select work from schools throughout Connecticut in grades 7- 12. Selected from approximately 3000 total art entries, 787 works were accepted for exhibit at the University of Hartford. From that accepted number, there were 256 Gold key awards (including 13 Gold portfolios), 262 Silver keys (including 23 Gold portfolios), and 247 Honorable Mention awards granted.
Yingkai, Bella, and Michaela's work is featured in the exhibition of award-winning work from students in grades 7-12 from throughout the state. The exhibit at Silpe Gallery in Taub Hall at the Hartford Art School will run from January 13 to February 1, 2019.
Congratulations Yingkai, Bella, and Michaela!