HEBRON ARTISTS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
Hebron Students Receive National Medals from the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards
HEBRON, MAINE — Artists from Hebron Academy have been awarded national medals from the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for students in grades 7–12. The national medals follow recognition at the regional level, awarded earlier this winter in Portland, ME. Hebron garnered 39 awards in the regionals this year.
At the national level, the state of Maine had fourteen artists recognized and three were from Hebron. Haohan Tang ‘17 was awarded a gold medal in the Architecture & Industrial Design category for his portfolio piece “Clouds”. Eli Clein ‘17 won a silver medal in photography for his piece “Luci”, and Alaina Bonis ‘21 received a silver medal for her drawing “Love Me Right”. These students have been identified by panels of creative professionals as some of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level.
Jeanine Eschenbach, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Hebron said, “We are so inspired by the level of talent our students continue to display in the arts at Hebron, year after year. To have three national medalists this year illustrates not only their incredible individual talent but the level of commitment our programs give to inspire and support these young artists as they learn and grow in their chosen mediums. We could not be more proud.”
The Hebron artists will have their works on display at the Art.Write.Now.2016 National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The exhibit will feature more than 1,000 original visual and literary works. The “Student Showcase” will engage audiences of all ages with student readings, art talks, and film screenings highlighting student work.
About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent and is today's largest source of scholarships for creative teens.
Since its inception, the Awards have recognized and encouraged millions of students, including Truman Capote, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol and John Updike, who won when they were teens. In more recent years, famous names such as Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham and Richard Linklater have become alumni of the program.