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(UPDATED: Jan. 27, 2017)  Jan. 24, 2017 
 
Five USC middle school students selected for regional art awards

Jellyfish Five Fort Couch Middle School students earned recognition in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Eighth grader Jaron Maine won a Gold Key Award in the printmaking category for his submission titled, “Jellyfish.” As a Gold Key Award winner, Jaron’s artwork will advance to the national competition.

Silver Key Awards were earned by two eighth graders Antara Cleetus for her editorial cartoon, “United Shades of America” and by Manjiri Palayekar for her drawing, “Nirvana.” Seventh grader Sydney Kirk also earned a Silver Key Award for her photograph, “Boats on a Beach.”

Two drawings by eighth grader Katherine Li earned Honorable Mentions, “A Walk Through Death” and “The Hill.”

Gold Key and Silver Key artwork will be on display at the Pittsburgh Art Regional exhibition from Saturday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at LaRoche College. The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention award winners – will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 19. The closing celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. with music entertainment and refreshments. The award ceremony begins at 2 p.m., in the Kerr Sports & Fitness Center at LaRoche College.
 

 
 (UPDATED: Jan. 27, 2017) Jan. 17, 2017
 
Student artwork earns recognition in regional awards competition 
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Ten works of art submitted by four Upper St. Clair High School students earned recognition in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Ninth grader Vivian Li earned a Gold Key Award for her piece titled, “Nocturne,” and a Silver Key Award for her painting, “Blackbird.” As a Gold Key Award winner, Vivian has qualified to compete at the national level.

National award winners will be announced in March and national Gold Medalists will be honored in June at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition, national award-winning artwork will be highlighted in the Art.Write.Now.Tour.

Senior Liam Carse was recognized with a Silver Key Award in the digital art category for his submission, “Gaston's Last Supper.” Freshman photographer Lauren Teresi earned five Silver Key Awards for her work, “A Foggy Winter Morning,” “Jellies,” “Hearst Castle,” “Muir Woods” and “Bixby Bridge” as well as an Honorable Mention for her photo, “Succulents.” Sophomore Serena Luo was awarded a Silver Key for her artwork, “Spring Valley.”

Gold Key and Silver Key artwork will be on display at the Pittsburgh Art Regional exhibition from Saturday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at LaRoche College. The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Vivian, Lauren and Serena – along with all Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention award winners – will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 19. The closing celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. with music entertainment and refreshments. The award ceremony begins at 2 p.m., in the Kerr Sports & Fitness Center at LaRoche College.

Since 2011, teens in grades 7-12 from Allegheny and Butler counties have been invited to participate in the annual Regional Scholastic Art Awards, which provides an opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Students are able to submit work in more than 29 art and writing categories.

Students’ submissions are evaluated on originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal vision by a panel of local jurors comprised of artists, art educators and other arts professionals.

Since the Scholastic Art & Writing Award program’s founding in 1923, it has fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Stephen King and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens.
 
 

 
 
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