Accolades

Tien Huynh ’19 Honored at Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Senior Tien “Thomas” Huynh of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was recently honored by the Connecticut Art Education Association at the annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards.

Thomas received a Gold key for his painting “Sweetness Kills.” He also received a portfolio scholarship in the amount of $20,000 per year to the Hartford Art School. The Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art competition in the state. Student artwork is juried by professional artists and university art faculty and is selected on merit for inclusion in a statewide art exhibition held at the Hartford Art School. This year artwork was selected from approximately 3,000 entries, with 787 works accepted for exhibit at the University of Hartford. There were 256 Gold key awards (including 13 Gold portfolios), 262 Silver keys (including 23 Gold portfolios), and 247 Honorable Mention awards. 

Thomas explained his artwork by saying “Fake words, plain compliments. Gradually, the “sweetness,” bursting out from mouths, dips the world in word-based toxicants. The “sweetness” poisons relationships and traps one’s mind in the incurable hallucination. Burying them in pride and the ambiguous, yet dominant, thoughts that they are perfect, so trying to improve is unnecessary. By utilizing darker shades of green and pink, my intention is to establish the feeling of danger and hazard that the object suffered from, caused by “sweetness.” The opposition in lighting brings the focus point to the candy wrappers which represent the “sweetness,” as if someone discovered the death of the pitiful victim who was poisoned in “sweetness.” The replication of the crime scene is a reminder for every one of us that ‘sweetness kills.’”

Thomas’ artwork, along with pieces from throughout the state, was on display at the regional gallery show at the Silpe Gallery on the University of Hartford campus. 

 

Bridget O'Leary '18 Honored with Six Silver Keys by the Scholastic Writing Awards

 

Senior Bridget O’Leary of Rochdale, MA was recently awarded six Silver Keys by The Scholastic Writing Awards (North-East Region-At-Large). 

She received Silver Keys for each piece in the following categories:

Personal Essay and Memoir: “The Science of Magic”

Poetry: “Love is Dead”

Fantasy and Science Fiction: “The Sirens' Call,” “Ad Astra,” “The Hill”

Writing Portfolio: “Words of Fire”

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance identifies “students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.” 

 

 

Julia DiNoia '18 Honored at Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Senior Julia DiNoia of Thompson, CT was recently honored by the Connecticut Art Education Association at the annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards.

Julia received two Silver keys for her photographs “Shower of Sadness” and “Psyched,” and an Honorable Mention for her photograph “Shattered Vision.” The Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art competition in the state. Student artwork is juried by professional artists and university art faculty and is selected on merit for inclusion in astatewide art exhibition held at the Hartford Art School. This year, artwork was selected from approximately 2500 entries, with 259 Gold key awards, 197 Silver keys and 225 Honorable Mentions.

Julia’s artwork, alongwith pieces from throughout the state, will be displayed in the regional gallery show at the Silpe Gallery on the University of Hartford campus. The show runs until February 2, and is open for public viewing Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m and weekends 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.