Art wows

Another stellar array of student art from Notre Dame impresses Scholastic Art organization; special exhibition set for next month in Detroit.

Nineteen Notre Dame student-artists earned a total of 40 awards in this year's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition for the Southeastern Michigan region, nearly equaling last year's record number of awards, which are given annually by the New York City-based Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

According to Sandy LewAllen, Notre Dame’s art chair, Notre Dame upper-division students earned 18 Gold Key awards, the highest honor of the regional competition, 13 Silver Keys and nine honorable mentions. 

"What an awesome and prestigious honor this is," she said. "I am so proud of all our art students and their efforts!"

LewAllen also said that the student art will be mounted as part of a special exhibition opening/awards ceremony Feb. 12 at the College for Creative Studies and the Detroit Film Theater (in the Detroit Institute of Arts). The student exhibit will be open from Feb. 12 through Mar. 1 at CCS.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and John Updike.

The process for the art competition begins across the country as young artists and writers in grades 7-12 submit work in 28 categories of art and writing to a network of regional affiliates who present award ceremonies and exhibits for selected works on a local level. Gold Keys, the highest awards, are then submitted from each region for national adjudication by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. National Gold and Silver Medal winning students and their teachers receive national recognition, and are invited to attend the exhibit in New York and award ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top art institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners. 

The 2019 Scholastic Art Award winners from Notre Dame Prep in alphabetical order are listed below.

 Claire Brisley (11), Honorable Mention, Drawing 
 Kevin Cragg (12), Gold Key, Drawing 
 Kevin Cragg, Gold Key, Painting 
 Amelia Cumming (11), Gold Key, Painting 
 Amelia Cumming, Silver Key, Painting 
 Amelia Cumming, Honorable Mention, Mix Media 
 Amelia Cumming, Gold Key, Drawing 
 Amelia Cumming, Gold Key, Drawing 
 Logan Currie (12), Silver Key, Drawing 
 Logan Currie, Gold Key, Drawing 
 Koi Edwards (10), Gold Key, Drawing 
 Reid Gaboury (11), Silver Key, Drawing 
 Reid Gaboury, Gold Key, Photo 
 Eliana Gebara (12), Silver Key, Painting 
 Abigail Gietzen (10), Honorable Mention, Drawing 
 Lucas Husch (10), Honorable Mention, Drawing 
 Juliet Jacoby (12), Gold Key, Painting 
 Juliet Jacoby, Gold Key, Printmaking 
 Juliet Jacoby, Gold Key, Ceramics 
 Deven Lawry (12), Silver Key, Drawing 
 Deven Lawry, Silver Key, Drawing 
 Deven Lawry, Honorable Mention, Drawing 
 Deven Lawry, Gold Key, Drawing 
 Kathryn Lee (12), Gold Key, Printmaking 
 Kathryn Lee, Honorable Mention, Drawing 
 Natalie Lyijynen (12), Gold Key, Painting 
 Natalie Lyijynen, Gold Key, Drawing 
 Brianna Manzor (12), Honorable Mention, Printmaking 
 Brianna Manzor, Silver Key, Printmaking 
 Brianna Manzor, Silver Key, Mix Media 
 Brianna Manzor, Gold Key, Painting 
 Maggie Miklas (10), Gold Key, Drawing 
 Sana Muqueem (11), Gold Key, Drawing 
 Sana Muqueem, Silver Key, Drawing 
 Mariana Ortiz Luna (12), Silver Key, Printmaking 
 Dani Stanko (10), Silver Key, Drawing 
 Dani Stanko, Honorable Mention, Drawing 
 Dani Stanko, Honorable Mention, Drawing 
 Melissa Utykanski (11), Silver Key, Drawing
 Melissa Utykanski, Silver Key, Drawing   

Melissa Utykansk, ”My Dad’s Memento of the Game,” Graphite Drawing, SILVER KEY

Melissa Utykanski, ”Nonna’s House,” Colored Pencil, SILVER KEY

Dani Stanko, ”Take Me Home,” Pastels, HONORABLE MENTION

Dani Stanko, ”Good Mourning Sunshine,” Graphite Drawing, HONORABLE MENTION

Dani Stanko, ”The Rose from the Thorn in my Side,” Charcoal, SILVER KEY

Mariana Ortiz, ”19 2017,” Dry Point Etching, SILVER KEY

Sana Muqueem, ”Kocho Butterfly,” Colored Pencil, GOLD KEY

Sana Muqueem, ”Filled with Light Adorned with Gold,” Graphite, SILVER KEY

Maggie Miklas, ”Mom,” Graphite Drawing, GOLD KEY

Brianna Manzor, ”A World Within,” Acrylic Paint, GOLD KEY

Brianna Manzor, ”Fatherhood,” Mixed Media, SILVER KEY

Brianna Manzor, ”Maturing,” Linoleum Block Print, SILVER KEY

Brianna Manzor, ”Familiar Dreams,” Dry Point Etching, HONORABLE MENTION

Natalie Lyijynen, ”A Whole New World,” Acrylic Paint, GOLD KEY

Natalie Lyijynen, ”Wishes From a Hospital Bed,” Colored Pencil, GOLD KEY

Katie Lee, ”Arranged Marriage,” Graphite Drawing, HONORABLE MENTION

Katie Lee, ”Misery Loves Company,” Dry Point Etching, GOLD KEY

Deven Lawry, ”One of the Lucky Ones,” Pastels, GOLD KEY

Deven Lawry, ”The Doorway,” Graphite Drawing, HONORABLE MENTION

Deven Lawry, ”How She Stayed,” Colored Pencil, SILVER KEY

Deven Lawry, ”A Bourgeois View,” Charcoal Drawing, SILVER KEY

Juliet Jacoby, ”Kurios,” Ceramics, GOLD KEY

Juliet Jacoby, ”Pandoras Box,” Dry Point Etching, GOLD KEY

Juliet Jacoby, ”The Epidemic,” Acrylic Paint, GOLD KEY

Lucas Husch, ”Enlightenment,” Pastels, HONORABLE MENTION

Abigail Gietzen, ”Eggs and Flour,” Pastels, HONORABLE MENTION

Eliana Gebara, ”Lubnaneeya,” Coffee Paint, SILVER KEY

Reid Gaboury, ”Nine to Five,” Photomontage, GOLD KEY

Reid Gaboury, ”Wearable Memorials,” Graphite Drawing, SILVER KEY

Koi Edwards, ”See No Lies. Caught in a Lie,” Graphite Drawing, GOLD KEY

Logan Currie, ”Brooke’s Cat,” Scratchboard, SILVER KEY

Amelia Cumming, ”Metavoyeur,” Colored Pencil, GOLD KEY

Amelia Cumming, ”Light Source,” Graphite Drawing, GOLD KEY

Amelia Cumming, ”Self Portrait in My Mother’s Garden,” Felt Wool Fibers, HONORABLE MENTION

Amelia Cumming, ”lights like breadcrumbs,” Graphite Drawing, SILVER KEY

Kevin Cragg, ”Good and Plenty,” Colored Pencil, GOLD KEY

Claire Brisley, ”Saturday Morning Coffee,” Graphite, HONORABLE MENTION

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