CNY Scholastic Art Award Winners

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Every year junior and senior high school students from the Central New York area enter the annual CNY Scholastic Art Award competition. The competition was founded by Scholastic Inc. and is sponsored by M&T Bank. The program is the largest of its kind in the US and locally recognizes talent throughout the 13 counties for work in 19 categories. Painting, drawing and film and animation are among them.

The pieces are judged for entry in the national competition, local cash prizes and special recognition. Area art teachers who volunteer with the CNY Scholastic Art Advisory Council coordinate the program. Last year, 12 national award winners came from the CNY region.

This year, the annual art competition had five winners representing Syracuse City School District high schools. Destany Finney and Paige Kelly, students at Corcoran High School received a Silver Key for their painting submissions. Shawn Wilson, student at Henninger High School also received a Silver Key for a drawing submission.  Student submissions from Corcoran, Henninger and Nottingham High School also received honorable mention, including one for a fine arts portfolio by Chelsea Hemming.

In addition to recognizing students for their artwork, the Scholastic Teacher Inspiration award is also given.  The award is given to “a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.” This year’s recipient was Michael Field, an art teacher at Henninger High School. Field had a previous career in the automotive field prior to becoming an educator. Along with the award, he received a gift certificate for art supplies and the opportunity to select a student to receive a scholarship for one course at Onondaga Community College.

The students and teacher were honored at a special awards ceremony on January 16, at OCC.  OCC and their Arts Across Campus initiative has supported the program for 13 years. Other sponsors include Light Work, Delavan Art Center and the Everson Museum of Art. After the ceremony an exhibit of the awarded artwork was unveiled and includes over 1,000 pieces. It’s free and open to the public through February 28.