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High School Art Competition 2017: Superstars!

March 10, 2017

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso 

Endicott College is pleased to announce the High School Art Competition 2017: Superstars! Contest and exhibition at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts.  Seventy Three students from 22 area high schools are competing in this prestigious exhibit that runs from Friday, March 3 – Friday, April 7. The exhibit is juried by Nancy Burns, assistant curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Worcester Art Museum.  Young artists, whose entries were chosen by their art instructors, were invited to participate in this competition and be awarded a certificate of participation, an opportunity to have their art portfolio reviewed by one of our fine art professors, and a chance at winning one of the many prizes chosen by Nancy Burns, awarded at the ceremony held on Wednesday, March 8.  A full list of winning student is below.

Media included are varied, which makes for an excellent overview of what the talented high school students have been creating this year.  The art faculty of these institutions is to be congratulated for their dedication and expertise from which many of their students learn not only the basic art techniques, but the highly technical media as well.  The viewer will find ceramics, drawing, 3 D sculpture, photopolymer plate print, digital and alternative processes in photography, black and white photos, charcoal, oils, mixed media, lino print, acrylics, watercolors, and more. 

The high schools participating this year are Andover High School, Beverly High School, Bishop Fenwick High School, Covenant Christian Academy, Danvers High School, Georgetown High School, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Ipswich High School, Landmark High School, Lynn Classical High School, Lynn English High School, Manchester Essex Regional High School, Newburyport High School, Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Penguin Hall, Pentucket Regional High School, Pingree School, Revere High School, Rockport High School, Salem High School, Triton Regional High School, and Waring School.

"High School students with talent and interest should know the full economic impact of the arts and the millions of arts-related jobs available to them. According to Americans for the Arts, nationally, the arts generated $135.2 billion of economic activity—and supports  4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $86.68 billion in resident household income.  Endicott College fully prepares its students for a variety of professions in the arts," said Dean Mark Towner, School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Graduates of Endicott’s art and design programs typically work as creative staff in design, entertainment, marketing, media, or communications departments within established and often world-renowned organizations, while some alumni transition to the workforce as entrepreneurial freelancers. The College’s commitment to state-of-the-art digital media, equipment, and software increases alumni’s potential for working in interactive media, building information modeling, motion graphics, and both fine art and commercial photography. Those pursuing careers in the arts work in museums, arts agencies, theaters, and educational settings, usually continuing their personal expression in painting, dance, or music. Art Therapy students commonly continue their education to become licensed therapists, while others prefer to begin working in healthcare and social service agencies. Masters program alumni either pursue a career in college-level teaching or significant advancement within their industries. Most recent data of art and design alumni report 84% are working and 13% are in graduate school.

The competition is funded in Part by the Van Otterloo Family Foundation.

For more information regarding the High School Art Competition 2017 or its programming, please contact Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts at 978-232-2655 or If your high school would like to contact us for next year’s competition, please contact Kathleen.

High School Art Competition Award Winners 2017

Awards selected by Nancy Burs, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum and Dean, Mark Towner, School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College.

Dean's Choice Award

Christian Short

Title of Artwork:  Madness

Chalk Pastel and Digital Editing

Beverly High School



Dean's Choice Award

Nina Vitale

Title of Artwork:  Nina Simone

Chalk Pastel

Bishop Fenwick High School



Dean's Choice Award

Kendelle Cooper

Title of Artwork:  Arctic Thaw

Chalk Pastels

Penguin Hall



Dean's Choice Award

Amanda Weaver

Title of Artwork:  Self Portrait

Ink, Drawing Board

Pentucket Regional High School



Dean's Choice Award

Victor Williams

Title of Artwork:  Traje de Luces

Acryic Paint and Gold Ink

Rockport High School



Excellence in Book Arts

Emily Wallinga

Title of Artwork:  Drugs/Eden

Adobe Illustrator, Paper, and Cardboard

Salem High School



Excellence in Drawing

Sherley Ortiz-Robles

Title of Artwork:  Classical Greek

Watercolor and Ink on Paper

Lynn Classical High School



Excellence in Other Media and Processes

Elizabeth Hersch

Title of Artwork:  Specimen

Wax, Plaster, Wood, and Cork

Landmark High School



Excellence in Painting

John Gendron

Title of Artwork:  Mon Cherie la Bee

Oil on Wood

Newburyport High School



Excellence in Photography

Jocelyn Lee

Title of Artwork:  Slice of a Sanctuary

Digital Photography

Beverly High School



Excellence in Printmaking

Grace Fahey

Title of Artwork:  Italian Roots

Drypoint Etching, Oil Based Ink, Rives BFK Paper

Masconomet Regional High School



Excellence in Sculpture/Ceramics

Margaret Brown

Title of Artwork:  Waves


Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School



First Place Award

Cristina Monarrez

Title of Artwork:  Avery

Photopolymer Plate Print

Landmark High School



Second Place Award

Nicholas Celso

Title of Artwork:  Contemplation

Silkscreen Print

Masconomet Regional High School



Third Place Award

Jacqueline Jutras

Title of Artwork:  Rivers

Acrylic Paint

Waring School



Honorable Mention

Madison Palmer

Title of Artwork:  Ode to the New World

Watercolor Paint and Pen

Manchester Essex Regional High School