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Simsbury Residents Receive Awards for Art

amantha Thompson's Gold Key winning photograph entitled "Fading"
amantha Thompson's Gold Key winning photograph entitled "Fading"
Simsbury residents, Michael James, a 6th grader, and Samantha Thompson, a 11th grader at Watkinson School in Hartford and have received awards for their art submitted into the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards annual competition.  Michael James received "Honorable Mention" for his sculpture while Samantha Thompson earned a "Gold Key" for her photography.  
The 25th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. It is a high level exhibition. As an affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards and The Alliance For Young Artists and Writers, the Connecticut region is proud to continue an annual tradition established in 1927. This national program was originated to honor the creative efforts of grade 7 to 12 students in public, private and parochial schools. It is now the largest and most senior program of its type in the country. Following the close of the Conn. Regional exhibit, the select Gold Key award winners from each national region will have their art works reviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges at the National level in March. The National Jury will select "Gold Medal" National winners and call in their artwork to be exhibited in New York City during June. The National student awards ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in mid- June. Selected students will receive an invitation to this National event.  "Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Connecticut Youth" is the theme of this exhibition. Our sponsors emphasize that the purpose of this program is not merely a competition of sorts , but a recognition and encouragement of talented visual art students from across the state. Many artists, university faculty and professionals in the field have participated to review and select the finest student art works in many art media categories from over 1,500 Conn. student entries. The 2014 Conn. Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition features select work from 130 participating Connecticut schools in grades 7- 12. Selected from over 1,500 total art entries, 623 works were accepted for exhibit at the University of Hartford. From that accepted number, there were 182 Gold key awards (including 40 Gold portfolios), 152 Silver keys and 289 Honorable Mention awards granted. The Connecticut Exhibit can be seen at the Silpe Gallery, in Taub Hall, at The Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, 06117. Exhibition dates are Jan. 12 to Jan. 31 .  The Connecticut Student Awards Presentation will be Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 3:30 pm at Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford.  The student exhibit is open on Sun. Jan. 26, from Noon to 5 PM, in the Silpe Gallery 
Watkinson School is Hartford's oldest independent day school serving students in grades 6-12/PG.  Their next open house is Jan. 26th at 1pm and there will be a Creative Arts Open House on Jan. 29th at 6:30pm.  To learn more or register for these events go to http://www.watkinson.org/info

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