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West Hartford Students Win Scholastic Art Awards

'Don't Look Down' by Tobias Kessler. Submitted photo

Watkinson artists received 11 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards in the most recent show.

'What Are You Waiting For' by Danni Cao

‘What Are You Waiting For’ by Danni Cao

Submitted by Jenni French, Watkinson School

Eight Watkinson students (four of them from West Hartford) won 11 prizes at the 2017 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards. The students submitted work to the juried show and their work was recognized, selected from over 300-400 choices in each category:

  • Esther O’Shea ’21 (New Haven), Silver Key for painting entitled “Self Portrait in Green’
  • Lily Toomey ’19 (West Hartford), Honorable Mention for sculpture entitled “Bart”
  • Lee Li ’18 (Ellington), Gold Key for painting entitled “Edith”
  • Danni Cao ’17 (West Hartford), Gold Key for printmaking entitled “What Are You Waiting For?”
  • Tobias Kessler ’17 (West Hartford), Silver Key for art portfolio and Silver Key for photography entitled “Don’t Look Down”
  • Georgia Lovas ’17 (West Hartford), Silver Key for photography entitled “Chinese Jar Door”
  • Lluvia Lu ’17 (Ellington), Gold Key for art portfolio entitled “Respite from the Patriarchy” and Gold Key for painting entitled “The Girl Who Inherited Dragon Blood”
  • Taoli Shen ’17 (Bloomfield), Gold Key for art portfolio entitled “The Elderly” and Gold Key for painting entitled “Mr. Trottier”

Winning artwork will be on display in the University of Hartford’s Silpe Gallery in the Hartford Art School’s Taub Hall through Feb. 3.

The Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Program is a non-profit, all volunteer activity sponsored by the Connecticut Art Education Association, a professional art educators organization. The program is Arts Education based and as such, recognizes teachers as the central connection to the completion of successful student submissions. This program is a high quality, professionally juried event which recognizes only the best Connecticut student art work.

Watkinson School, a co-educational day school for grades 6-PG, was founded in 1881 and is Hartford’s oldest independent school. Watkinson’s next open house for prospective students is Jan. 20 at 9 a.m.

'Don't Look Down' by Tobias Kessler. Submitted photo

‘Don’t Look Down’ by Tobias Kessler. Submitted photo

Georgia Lovas: Chinese Jar Door. Submitted ph oto

Georgia Lovas: Chinese Jar Door. Submitted ph oto

'Bart' by Lily Toomey. Submitted photo

‘Bart’ by Lily Toomey. Submitted photo

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