MOUNT MORRIS – The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts brought back their Scholastic Art Show this spring.
The show, which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, can be seen in the GVCA Galleries on 4 Murray Hill Drive until April 24th.
Art by students from 10 different school districts in Livingston County will be featured.
The winners of the exhibition include Mady Marzec of Avon, who received a Best-in-Show in the drawing category, and Michelle Jefferson of Dansville, who won first prize for the director’s choice.
The Director’s Choice Award is given to a play that the director believes is very skilled and different from the rest of the plays, said Deborah Bump, Executive Director of GVCA.
The detail in Michelle’s portrait “was extremely impressive and showed a clear understanding of the artistic elements,” said Bump.
Michelle’s portrait includes individual strands of hair that snake on the forehead of the portrait and extend from the top of the head. The drawing also includes a sticky note that covers part of the face and contains a message encouraging the viewer to do what they want.
Gallery visitors are asked to vote for a People’s Choice Award.
“These students have worked very hard and the quality of their work is excellent,” said Bump.
The annual Scholastic Art Show demonstrates the variety of materials, methods, and topics that students deal with in their art class. The Scholastic Art Show 2021 features a wide variety of digital and traditional media, including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and textiles.
Participating high schools include Avon, Dansville, Geneseo, Keshequa, Lima Christian School, Livonia, Mount Morris, Pavillon, Wayland-Cohocton, and York.
This year’s show has seen some adjustments to present the event.
Usually the Scholastic Art Show takes place at a local school and art teachers are invited to submit as many items as they would like for their students. With the COVID-19 restrictions this year, this plan had to be changed and all entries were electronically submitted to GVCA.
Nearly 600 works of art were received and these entries were reviewed and narrowed down to 10 entries per district that are on display at GVCA.
“Last year was different in many ways for students across Livingston County,” said Katelyn Costello, Scholastic Art Show coordinator for GVCA. “While our show has changed a bit, we are very excited to have this incredible work showcased in our galleries and online. It’s easy to see how hard these students work and how passionate they are with the things they create . “
The exhibition at GVCA was judged by three community members active in the arts, and the first and second place ribbons were awarded in 14 different categories.
The Scholastic Art Show can be seen until April 24th.
At the end of the show, the Alexandria Mae Gleason Scholarship will be awarded to two high-ranking artists who wish to continue their art studies in college. High school graduates are nominated for the award by their art teachers.
The Gleason Scholarship was an integral part of GVCA’s High School Art Show, named in honor of the fallen aviator who was active in her high school arts program at Dansville Central School and who will become a high school art teacher after completing her service wanted . The scholarships are each $ 350.
All visitors must wear a mask when visiting the galleries and observe the guidelines on social distance. GVCA will provide hand disinfectants and masks on request.
The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday until 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The list of first and second prizes for the Genesee Valley Council 2021 on the Arts Scholastic Art Show:
Best of Show: Mady Marzec, Avon.
Director’s Choice: Michelle Jefferson, Dansville.
Drawing: Josephine Vanky, Avon, first place; Isabelle Settle, Lima Christian, second place.
Painting: Emily Schleyer, Dansville, first; Hannah Fairbrother, Wayland-Cohocton, second.
AP College Level: Abbey Young, Dansville, first; McKayla Bugbee, Geneseo, runner-up.
Mixed media: Kenda Stewart, Wayland-Cohocton, first; Emily Sullivan, Geneseo, second.
Studio Art: Ayden Taylor, Pavilion, First; Gabbie Koehler, Avon, runner-up.
Ceramics: Hannah Nobles, Pavilion, first; Megan Bailey, Livonia, second.
Sculpture: Lana Bogue, Livonia, first.
Digital Photography: Evelyn Miller, Dansville, first; Alyssa Stout, Pavilion, Second.
Printmaking: Paige Phillips, Avon, first; Kelsey Davis, Keshequa, runner-up.
Film Photography: Haylie Dixon, York, first; Michelle Gates, York, second.
Digital illustration: Michelle Jefferson, Dansville, first; Jolin Qiu, Dansville, runner-up.
Computer Art and Graphics: Emma Heiman, Dansville, first; Lindsey Berling, York, runner-up.
2D design: Louis Keisling, Livonia, first.
Glass: Grace Hanggi, Wayland-Cohocton, first.
This artwork by Mady Marzec of Avon received a Best-in-Show in the Drawing category at the Genesee Valley Council at the Arts’ Scholastic Art Show.
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