Excellence in Education Volume 14, Issue 27, 3-22-19
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“This is really the best of the best among student artists,” said art teacher Mr. Scott Boris, who teaches Matthew in his Photography 2 and Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) Art classes. “Competition is tough and for an artist to be selected from a school as small as ours is a great honor. The artwork is stellar.”
Matthew’s piece, an enhanced photograph of Hudson Yards in Manhattan, was chosen among 357 submissions by jurors Lisa Chalif, Hecksher Museum Curator, and guest artist Ms. Robyn Cooper. The piece is in the running for the Grumbacher Visitors Choice Award and the Virtual Visitors Choice Award, to be presented at the Long Island’s Best Young Artist Meet Up the final day of the exhibit, May 19. Vote through May 5 at http://bit.ly/hmavirtualchoice. Winners for the virtual award will be announced on The Heckscher Museum’s Facebook and Twitter pages on May 7.
Matthew, an aspiring architect, said he designed his photograph based on the piece, Building Gradation and Reflections by Mr. Joseph Constantino. “I connected with Mr. Constantino’s piece as I have a strong passion for urban architecture and how skyscrapers are constructed,” he said. “I correlated my piece based off of Mr. Constantino’s prominent features of repetition and reflection, then modified the urban landscape and color scheme.”
Named an All-County art student as a freshman, Matthew said, “When I found out I got into The Heckscher Museum exhibit, I was really excited because I put a lot of effort into the design of my piece, thanks to art teachers Mr. Boris and Ms. [Maria] Randazzo who greatly assisted me in developing the finished piece. My goal is to develop a portfolio; I plan to take AP art next year.”
“Matthew is a great student; super technical,” Mr. Boris said. “He just wants to keep developing his art. He’s really coming into his own and finding his niche.”
Oyster Bay High School junior Matthew Tepper is one of 80 students across Long Island who was selected to have his artwork featured in the Long Island’s Best Young Artists Exhibition at The Heckscher Museum of Art through May 19. Pictured with him, from left, are Mr. Anthony Femino, K-12 Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts, and art teachers Mr. Scott Boris and Ms. Maria Randazzo.
Matt Tepper's piece is in the running for an award. Vote for it at http://bit.ly/hmavirtualchoice