Essex Student Wins Prestigious Art Competition

Alicia Ansara Self Portrait Drawing

Alicia Ansara Self Portrait Drawing

Essex resident and Landmark School Junior, Alicia Ansara, recently won a Boston Globe Scholastic Art Award. Ansara’s drawing entitled “Self-Portrait with Helmet” received a Gold Key and will advance to the national level of competition. Over 9,500 pieces were submitted by students, grades 7 – 12, from public and private schools throughout Massachusetts in this year’s competition.

Landmark School, a boarding and day school for students (grades 2 – 12) with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, received 37 awards overall, one of the top winning private schools in the state. Landmark’s 10 Gold Key pieces will advance and be judged at the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition with winners announced on March 17, 2014. Landmark students also won four Silver Keys and 23 Honorable Mention awards. Founded in 1923, the 91-year national art and writing competition is the longest running, most prestigious recognition program for teen artists and writers in the United States. The Boston Globe is the local sponsor of Massachusetts’s program.

“These awards are validation of our students’ motivation, vision, and most importantly talent,” said Bob Broudo, Headmaster of Landmark School. “41% of the pieces submitted received an award. We couldn’t be more proud of our students. This recognition is enormously rewarding.”

Beth Jamieson, Head of Landmark’s High School Art Department said, “Each year it is exciting to choose work to submit to the Scholastic Art and Writing awards because it gives the art teachers a chance to reflect on the incredible work our students make and we are reminded of their tremendous effort, growth, and artistry. As we look back through the years we can also track the growth of our department and how the quality and quantity of our students’ work has dramatically improved throughout the past 10 years. Again this year we are thrilled for the students who were recognized by The Scholastic Art Awards and we share in their moment of success. This year’s winners represent a wide variety of media, age level, and experience. Students were recognized in drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture. Also, for the first time, students were recognized in film as well as writing.”

Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Award Gold Key awardees’ work will be on view and open to the public in the Boston City Hall at Government Center from Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 30, 2014, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Winners of the national competition will be publicly recognized at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.

Author: Editor

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