Canfield High School art teachers Kevin Hoopes, Kathryn Bernard and Pete Graff are holding their heads high this month following the announcement of national, state, and county art award recipients. The combined art classes saw 12 students honored at all three levels.
"We've got really hard-working, great kids," said Hoopes. "There is also a lot of parent support that allows us to do this."
On the national level, junior Marisa DeSanto and senior Elise Huzjak each had works sent to be judged at Youngstown State University. They were two of seven Canfield entries that were chosen for the national judging after winning Gold Key awards.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
National art contest winners Elise Huzjak and Marisa DeSanto showcase their award-winning work after bringing home medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing contest hosted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. DeSanto was an American Visions gold medal winner and Huzjak brought home a silver medal.
Those two pieces, DeSanto's "Restricted" and Huzjak's "Pittsburgh," became two of the more than 100,000 national entries from across the country. They were judged and DeSanto ended up with the American Visions gold medal and Huzjak earned a silver medal. The winning work was sent back so it can be displayed at the Canfield Schools Art Show on May 23 and 24 in the CHS gym.
Both artists will also have the opportunity to attend an awards banquet at Carnegie Hall on June 1. If they can't make the trip, their medals will be sent to them after the banquet.
On the state level, senior Natalie McClune proved to be a double winner. Her pieces "Lantern Girl" and "Tea Kettle" were both accepted for the Ohio Governor's Youth art Exhibition that will open at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus on April 14. Her two pieces will be among the 300 selected from more than 12,000 entries from across the state. Like the national competition, McClune has been invited to an awards ceremony on April 14 at the Riffe Center Capitol Theatre in Columbus.
Third times a charm, and for Hoopes, that came in the form of the county art show winners announcement last week. Each class had winners listed and the works will be displayed at MCCTC in a special show on May 2.
From Hoopes' class were: McClune taking first place awards in acrylics, digital imaging, and illustration; DeSanto taking first in oils; senior Brooke Leonne taking third in mixed media; senior Rachel Mikolay taking first in collage; senior Katie Fernstrom taking first in fiber arts; sophomore Dominique Favre taking first in charcoal; and senior Justin Summer placing third in charcoal.
From Graff's class: McClune took first in video and got an honorable mention in animation.
From Bernard's class: sophomore Joe Fagnano took third in collage; senior Abby Franken took second in pastels; McClune got an honorable mention in sculpture and in ceramics; junior Jen Morris took second in the district for sculpture; and junior Rachel Riccardo got first in sculpture.
Hoopes said art is an important area for Canfield High School students. DeSanto's plans are to go into medicine and keep art as a hobby.
For Huzjak and McClune, they have already chosen a career path in the field of art. Hoopes said Huzjak plans on pursuing an art degree at Youngstown State University this fall. McClune has made her intentions known for attending Ohio University's art school.