The 2015 Teen Art Show was a smashing success! Twenty-seven artists submitted fifty-five pieces of artwork. Over one hundred people visited the gallery and voted on Crowd Favorite. This was the first year that the Library dedicated an art show to the work of early teens (ages 12-15). Our two professional judges--local architect Claude Armstrong and Harn Museum curator Susan Cooksey--expressed admiration for all of the artwork submitted. They even created two new categories--Best Abstraction and Best Pencil Drawing--to fully recognize the breadth and depth of talent, creativity and passion in the participating young artists. The Library applauds all of the artists who participated in this event!
All of the participants received sketch pad gifts and the winners received pastels, courtsey of the Friends of the Library. The top prize winners also received a gift from the Harn Museum Store.
And the 2015 winners are...
Best in Show: Excavation on Mars, by Bob Becker (Age 15, Homeschool)
Best Photography: Music Reflex, by Bia Bento (Age 14, Kanapaha Middle School)
Best Abstraction: Sor-Gala, by William Peachey (Age 14, Forest Grove Christian Academy)
Best Pencil Drawing: G.W., by Jenny Yao (Age 14, Buchholz High School)
Crowd favorite (tie): Bones, by Kassidy Childs (Age 13, Kanapaha Middle School)
Crowd favorite (tie): Majesty, by Hazel Hutchinson (Age 14, Eastside High School)
Best Logo: Peacock, by Miranda Waters (Age 11, St Patrick's Interparish School)
1st Place: The Witching Hour, by Miranda Barnes (Age 12, P.K. Yonge)
2nd Place: Dragon in Fog, by Natasha Kostewicz (Age 12, Westwood Middle School)
3rd Place: Banana Pear, by Jacob Buckner (Age 13, Cornerstone Academy)
Honorable Mention: Circles of Light, by Elizabeth Concannon (Age 12, Cornerstone Academy)
Honorable Mention: Musical Halloween, by Daniel Irchai (Age 12, Trilogy School)
Honorable Mention: Blue River, by Madeleine Wessel (Age 13, Cornerstone Academy)
Honorable Mention: Energy, by Tyler Brian (Age 13, Cornerstone Academy)
You can view these winning pieces of artwork on the 3rd Floor of the Headquarters Library, outisde the Teen Space, through November.
The Teen Art Show for ages 16-19 will take place in March 2016. We will start accepting submissions for that show at the beginning of February. Check www.aclib.us/teens at the beginning of 2016 for more information.