NH Scholastic Art Awards Honors 19 New Hampton School Students

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Art programs at New Hampton School are thriving. From new offerings in the ceramics studio to the growing excitement in our animation classes, our curriculum has not only expanded in the past few years, it is also resonating with students. Amy Wilson, New Hampton School’s Director of Visual & Performing Arts, recently shared tremendous news that 19 student-artists have been recognized in the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards. One student, Jae Bin Lee ’20, had a piece selected as Best in Show along with twelve other students.

Jae Bin “Alex” Lee’s piece Power Struggle was honored with a Best in Show award.

Celebrating artistic voice

Students across the state may choose to submit their best art pieces to the Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire (SAANH) for consideration of a Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention award. The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire is a regional visual arts affiliate of the prestigious national Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards. SAANH recently celebrated their 20th anniversary in the fall of 2018. This non-profit organization welcomes submissions and evaluates pieces from public, private and parochial schools from grades 7-12 in 17 different visual art categories. The call for submissions goes out each September and are accepted through December.

Faculty members assist students in selecting works that meet the judging criteria, and then create high-resolution digital files of the works to submit. Schools are notified in early January with the award listings. The 19 New Hampton School students recognized this year achieved a total of 40 award recognitions. Their works cover a wide array of mediums including ceramics, photography, digital art, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and animation, to name a few.

Makoto Komine's print "Onagadori" earned a Gold Key award.
Makoto Komine’s print “Onagadori” earned a Gold Key award at this year’s Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire.

Gaining Exposure

Select artworks from the Gold Key winners are curated into a special exhibition, as arranged by the New Hampshire Institute of Art. This offers further exposure for student-artists among their statewide peers and visitors to the exhibition. The exhibit opened on Tuesday, January 22 during a reception for art educators, and is currently on display in Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theater in Derry, New Hampshire. In addition to this exhibit, our student-artists will be recognized formally at an awards ceremony on Sunday, February 10th.

The ten students from New Hampton School who achieved with a regional Gold Key award will have their pieces judged on the national level in the coming weeks. New Hampton School’s Sally Wang ’20 was honored with a National Silver Key Award this past year for her photography piece titled Hands of Farmer. This year’s national winners will be announced online by Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards on March 13, 2019.

Art awards on the national level are announced in the spring each year.
Xinying ‘Sally’ Wang was the recipient of a 2018 National Silver Key Award for her piece Hands of Farmer.

Please join us in congratulating the following student-artists for their contributions and achievements in the art community.

NH Scholastic Art Awards Honorees

2019 Gold Key Awards

Christopher Fridlington – Photography: “Aerial Marsh”
Jae Bin Lee – Sculpture: “Power Struggle” – Best in Show
Kaya Suner – Photography: “Iceland Plane Crash”
Makoto Komine – Printmaking: “Onagadori”
Phoebe Kahn – Ceramics & Glass: “Sea Pebble Cups”
Phoebe Kahn – Photography: “Guatemalan Festival”
Tina Zhao – Painting: “Bottle Still Life”
Tina Zhao – Painting: “Bathroom Fantasy”
Tina Zhao – Painting: “Will Rowan”
Tristan MacDonald – Painting: “An Age in a Day”
Will Rowan – Sculpture: “Ancient Kendrick”
Xiaoyue Guo – Photography: “NYC In My Eyes”
Xiaoyue Guo – Photography: “Late-Night NYC”
Zhimeng Liu – Photography: “Shine Through Darkness”

2019 Silver Key Awards

Bridget McCallum – Ceramics & Glass: “Little Blue Teapot”
Brinly Janelle – Photography: “Two Sides of a Dancer”
Callie McLaughlin – Digital Art: “1,000 Pixels creating a whole story”
Christopher Fridlington – Architecture & Industrial: “Art Center”
Darren Lombardozzi – Ceramics & Glass: “Sea Cups”
Gabe Tyson – Photography: “The Stars Align”
Gabe Tyson – Photography: “Marshall Point Lighthouse”
Phoebe Kahn – Photography: “Baby Picasso”
Phoebe Kahn – Photography: “Orchid Silhouette”
Tina Zhao – Painting: “Mrs. Wilson”
Tristan MacDonald – Printmaking: “Loons Against Mercury Poisoning”
Will Rowan – Sculpture: “Emotions of Stone – The Hidden Side of Hypermasculinity”
Zola Braswell – Ceramics & Glass: “Cups and Bowls inspired by Colors and Textures of Nature”
Zola Braswell – Ceramics & Glass: “Outside Portsmouth”

2019 Honorable Mentions

Catrina Caruso – Ceramics & Glass: “Acai Colanders”
Christopher Fridlington – Design: “Loop Type”
Christopher Fridlington – Film & Animation: “Moments of Significance”
Jae Bin Lee – Printmaking: “Flower Still”
Jae Bin Lee – Painting: “Comfortably Dazed”
Makoto Komine – Ceramics & Glass: “Mitsu-Domoe”
Marcus Chan – Digital Art: “Help…Us?”
Marcus Chan – Photography: “Sunset Warmth”
Polina Ostrovskaya – Comic Art: “Chop it Off”
Tina Zhao – Film & Animation: “At What Cost”
Tristan MacDonald – Drawing & Illustration: “A Stranger in a Strange Land”
Xiaoyue Guo – Photography: “Busy NYC”

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