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Mill Street Loft Art Students Receive National Recognition

  |   April 3, 2012  |  Comment

Mill Street Loft Art Students Receive National Recognition:

Scholastic National Winners, Artsonia Winner,

and Scholarship Winners Announced!

Mill Street Loft Arts located at 45 Pershing Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY and with their second location at Scenic Hudson’s River Center at Long Dock Park in Beacon, is pleased to announce that several students enrolled in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft have received prestigious awards and recognitions over the past few months.

Artsonia, the largest student art museum in the world, chose Art Institute of Mill Street Loft student Emily Adamo’s, from Valley Central H.S., piece, “Important Things”, to be one of only 500 pieces nationwide to be displayed on the Big Screen Plaza on the Avenue of Americas in New York City during the National Art Educators Convention.   In the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, Helen Sywalski, from Monticello H.S. received a Gold Key for her piece, Pharmaceuticals created for our Senior Project course. While Jessica Jones, from John Jay H.S. also won a Silver Key for her Portfolio Development IV abstract piece, Bicycle. Their work was singled out from over 200,000 entries.  “With over 200,000 submissions from students in grades 7-12, this year’s competition attracted more participants than ever before.  Virginia McEnerney, the Executive Director of the Alliance, noted that, “After meeting these students and viewing their work, you can’t help but feel optimistic and excited about the future of America’s creative leadership.”  Students’ works were blindly judged, first locally through the 116 affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (the non-profit organization presenting the awards) and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and industry professionals.” The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

Special congratulations go to Art Institute of Mill Street Loft seniors for being awarded numerous scholarships to college.   Isaac Toonkel, of Millbrook H.S. has received scholarships to Savannah College of Art and Design, Mass Art, and Columbus College of Art & Design. Megan Parker, of Roy C. Ketcham H.S. has received scholarships to University of Hartford, Monserrat, and Chester College, Alexis Volpe, of Arlington H.S. received scholarships to The Art Institute of Boston, Mass Art, and PrattMWP,  Jackie Pfleger, of Arlington H.S. has received a scholarship to Monserrat College of Art, Bruno Cohen, of New Paltz H.S. has received a scholarship to Pratt, MWP and Gaelen McCartney, of Newburgh Free Academy has received scholarships to School of the Art Institute of Chicago, VCUArts, Temple University and Alfred University.

The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft is designed for motivated, artistically and career-minded teens ages 14 – 19 to help develop their ideas and build skills in the visual arts. Mill Street Loft believes that every student should be given a firm foundation to build upon. Every course is taught by working professional artists in the field who approach teaching from a mentor position. In the last 12 years graduates of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft have received offers of more than $24,000,000 in merit based scholarships to college. For more information on the Art Institute and other Mill Street Loft programs please call 845-471-7477 or visit www.millstreetloft.org.

Attached are “Important Things” by Emily Adamo

 and “Pharmaceuticals” by Helen Sywalski

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