Alliance for Young Artists & Writers honors Potsdam students
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 3:03 pm

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Potsdam High School submitted 9 portfolios and 4 were selected for recognition and exhibition.

All artwork submitted in portfolios or other categories must be original. Judges look for technical competence, inventive application of techniques and artwork that contains a strong concept or feeling.

Senior Art Students submitted portfolios of 8 works of art, a written essay about their creative visual work with artworks ready to display. Portfolios are judged by professional artists and professors of art for inclusion in the final exhibition.

Award levels are Gold Key (top award), Silver Key and Honorable mention.

Portfolio Winners include Tess Hazen (GOLD KEY PORTFOLIO - Fine Art), Avery Nagy-MacArthur (GOLD KEY PORTFOLIO - Fine Art), Lily Nagy-MacArthur (GOLD KEY PORTFOLIO - Photography), and Eleanor Hawley (Honorable Mention - Fine Art Portfolio)

In addition to the Portfolios, the following other awards were received by Potsdam High School Art Students: (winners and their art categories): Tess Hazen - Honorable Mention in Painting ("Asparagus"), Alexis Hunt - Honorable Mention in Drawing ("Apples"), Allyssa Chambers - 2 Honorable Mentions in Photography ("On the Water", "Fall"), Chrishlynn Damon - Honorable Mention in Drawing ("Waiting for the sun"), Anna Foster - Silver Key in Drawing (" Pastel Self Portrait), Eleanor Hawley - Gold Key in Mixed Media ("The Reluctant Bride"), Kate Hildreth - Gold Key and Honorable Mention in Photography ("Self Portrait", "Untitled"), Lily Nagy-MacArthur - Honorable Mention in Photography ("Oregon Caveman"), Elaine Rava - Honorable Mention in Photography ("Blacktop Pearl"), Hui Yang - 2 Honorable Mentions in Photography ("Assisi", “Majestic") and Avery Nagy-MacArthur - Honorable Mention in Drawing ("Jane").

Works selected in all 3 categories are exhibited in the show which is on view at the Onondaga Community College, Onondaga, from Jan.-March 4, 2011, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. -8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon - 6 p.m.

This year the CNYScholastic Art Awards took in over 4500 works of art from which approximately 800 awards were given. Each teacher is only allowed to submit 15 works of art and 15 works of Photography, plus portfolios by seniors.