Local art students recognized at regional awards

Sixteen MVRHS students take honors at 2015 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards.

Sequoia Ahren won gold for "The Real House Wife of Brooklyn" photograph. – Art courtesy Sequoia Ahren

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) art students earned an impressive list of honors in the 2015 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. Four students earned a Gold Key, the highest honor. Gold Key winners Jack Yuen, Kristine Hopkins, Gordon Moore, and Sequoia Ahren will compete in the national competition in New York City later this spring.

Congratulations to the full list of MVRHS art and design students for winning:

Jack Yuen – 3 Gold Keys (painting, digital art, and drawing)
Kristine Hopkins – Gold Key (photography portfolio)
Gordon Moore – Gold Key (ceramics) 3 Honorable Mentions (drawing and painting portfolio, ceramics portfolio, ceramics)
Sequoia Ahren – Gold Key (photography)

Aaron Teves – 2 Silver Keys (architecture); Honorable Mention (painting)
Henry Danielson – Silver Key (drawing)
Kanika Datta – Silver Key (ceramics)
Astrid Tilton – Silver Key (drawing)
Donald O’Shaughnessy – Silver Key (ceramics)
Anna Hill – Silver Key (drawing)

Mia Arenberg – Honorable Mention (photography)
Andrei Bernier – Honorable Mention (drawing)
Lee Faraca – Honorable Mention (drawing)
Emily Kleinhenz – Honorable Mention (ceramics portfolio)
Courtney Howell – Honorable Mention (photography)
Michael Morris – Honorable Mention (ceramics)
Katherine Reid – Honorable Mention (painting)
Tessa Whitaker – Honorable Mention (photography)
Austin McGowan – Honorable Mention (design)
Layla Buckley – Honorable Mention (photography)
Isabella Maidoff – Honorable Mention (mixed media)

The Scholastic Art and Writing Award program began in 1923. The program, which is the largest source of scholarships in the United States for young artists and writers, is growing in popularity. Students across America submitted 255,000 original works during the 2014 program year.

Students’ submissions are blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts. Among the past winners of awards are artists Andy Warhol, David Salle, and John Currin; writers, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and John Updike; Actors Robert Redford and John Lithgow, and film maker Ken Burns. For additional information on the program visit artandwriting.org.