The CT Regional Scholastic Art Awards recently awarded 10 medals to Wilton High School students for their artistic work. The recognition included six awards for ceramic pieces, one award for photography, one award for digital art, and two for mixed media work.

In addition, one Middlebrook Middle School student was also recognized for her work in the drawing and illustration category.

The awards recognize “work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision,” and emphasizes the student/teacher connection as integral to the program. According to its website, the CT Regional Scholastic Art Awards program “is a high quality level, professionally juried event which recognizes only the best CT student art work.” 

Student artwork is juried by professional artists and university art faculty and is selected on merit for inclusion in a state-wide art exhibition held at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford until Jan. 31, 2020. Beyond the honor of being selected for this high quality exhibit, students may be awarded Gold or Silver keys and Honorable Mention Awards in each of 18 media categories.

Gold Key works then move on to be judged as part of the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. National Medals, including Gold Medals, Silver Medals, American Voices & Visions Medals, Gold Medal and Silver with Distinction Portfolio Medals, and Special Achievement Awards are then bestowed, and National Medalists are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Entry to the awards program is open to teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up), who can apply in 29 categories of art and writing.

Below are the winning students (teacher name in parentheses) and their works.

Middlebrook Middle School

Jessica Fang, Gold Key (Karen Golder) Grade 8, “Portrait of Abbie”/Drawing & Illustration

Wilton High School

Zoey Araquel, Honorable Mention (Michelle Currier) Grade 11, “Puppetry”/Sculpture

Daniella Coltman, Honorable Mention (Susana Estes) Grade 10, “Lost”/Digital Art

Davis Cote, Gold Key (Michelle Currier) Grade 11, “Imperfectly Balanced”/Ceramics & Glass

Isabel Cronin, Silver Key (Susana Estes) Grade 11, “Melting Away”/Mixed Media

Isabel Gouveia, Honorable Mention (Michelle Currier) Grade 12, “Bleeding Truth”/Sculpture

Colton Hall, Silver Key (Michelle Currier) Grade 9, “Beach Teapot”/Ceramics & Glass

Megan McNamara, Gold Key (Susana Estes) Grade 12, “Bark Texture Vessel”/Ceramics & Glass

Isabella Piazza, Gold Key (Sue Brandt) Grade 9, “Preservation”/Mixed Media

Hailey Smith, Honorable Mention (Michelle Currier) Grade 11, “Rhythmic Vase”/Ceramics & Glass

Griffin Turner, Honorable Mention (Susana Estes) Grade 9, “Behind The Mask”/Mixed Media