Artistic Talent Shines at Board of Education Meeting
Student artwork lined the Oyster Bay High School Library as more than 25 students who had their artwork selected for prestigious visual arts exhibitions throughout Long Island were recognized by the Board of Education, April 17.
K-12 Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor Mr. Peter Rufa, who welcomed students and their families, called upon each student to receive a Certificate of Excellence and to shake the hand of Board President Mr. John McEvoy.
Addressing the audience, Mr. Rufa acknowledged the importance of art education in our schools by saying, “Our students are fortunate to be part of a learning community that has placed such a high value on the arts. Fine arts classes help improve and support fine motor skills in our youngest learners, instills confidence in our students when they explore an artistic medium outside their comfort zone, and teaches students how to interpret visual information and to make decisions based on it.”
Recognized for having their artwork on display at the 2018 All-County Art Exhibit at Farmingdale State College — an event sponsored by the Art Supervisors Association and features the most talented young visual artists in Nassau County — were Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School kindergartner Caiden Moskowitz and second-graders Margo Rosh and Poppy Passarelli, James H. Vernon School fourth-grader Lucas Arenella and sixth-graders Ava DeAngelis and Giovanna Sherlock, and Oyster Bay High School eighth-grader Sabrina Rezk, freshmen Matthew Keczmer, Maria McKevitt, Muskan Kumar, and Julliard Wu; sophomore Julia Cutajar and seniors Matilde Catarino-Bechet, Sarah Conway and Colleen Joyce. In addition to the exhibit, Colleen Joyce was awarded one of about 50 scholarships sponsored by the association, which she received at the invitation-only awards ceremony.
Colleen was also recognized for having her work featured at the Long Island Media Arts Show at Five Towns College, along with Julia Cutajar, Cheliann DeCarolis, Lindsey Kowalczyk, Valentina LaRocca, Kenneth McGee, Kathryn Moore and Natalia Velasquez. The students were awarded “Best in Show” for their submissions. The show featured exceptional work by Long Island high school students in photography, video, animation and graphic design.
Showcasing the talents of Advanced Placement students, Jacqueline Baxter, Cristian Garcia, Krista Marino and Danica Roerden received certificates for being chosen to have their artwork on display at the Go APE Advanced Placement Exhibition, sponsored by the Art League of Long Island. The show was held at the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery.
Colleen Joyce and Jodi Yeh were both recognized for being selected for the LIU POST “Advanced Visions 14: High School Artists of Excellence” exhibit, which features outstanding work from Advanced Placement students across Long Island.
Jodi Yeh was also honored for winning two Gold Key awards and two Silver Key awards for her submissions in the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards regional competition, conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Jodi received a Gold Key for her piece titled, "A Winter's Closet" and for her art portfolio, which, according to art teacher Maria Randazzo, is a "huge accomplishment." Gold Key works automatically advance to national-level judging. Those who are named national medalists are honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Jodi won Silver Keys for her work titled, "Hidden Violets" and "Wooden Boy."
“To be selected for these exhibitions and awards is truly an honor that not only acknowledges the skills and talents of our students, but is a testament to the quality of the fine arts program and staff we have here in Oyster Bay-East Norwich,” Mr. Rufa added. “I commend our fine arts staff Mr. Scott Boris, Ms. Stephanie Miley, Ms. Maria Randazzo, Ms. Karen Crowley and Ms. Meredith Brustman for their knowledge, guidance and continual support of our students.”
Students throughout the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District were honored for having their artwork on display at the 2018 All-County Art Exhibit.
Oyster Bay High School students who participated in the Long Island Media Arts Show were awarded “Best in Show.”
Oyster Bay High School Advanced Placement students display their certificates for participating in the Go APE exhibit.
Seniors Jodi Yeh, left, and Colleen Joyce were selected for the “Advanced Visions 14: High School Artists of Excellence” exhibit. Jodi also was honored for receiving an unprecedented four awards in the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards regional contest.
Standing by her artwork with art teacher Ms. Maria Randazzo, Colleen Joyce displays the scholarship she received from the Art Supervisors Association at the 2018 All-County Art Exhibition.
Jodi Yeh received Gold Key awards from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards regional competition for this piece, titled "A Winter's Closet" and for her art portfolio.
Jodi's entries, "Hidden Violets," left, and "Wooden Boy" received Silver Key awards at the competition.