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2021 Annual Senior High School Juried Art Exhibit
January 31 - February 15Free
The Yocum Institute for Arts Education is pleased to host the 2021 Annual Senior High School Juried Art Exhibit. The show runs from January 31 – February 15.
Each year, the Yocum Institute for Arts Education welcomes aspiring young artists from Berks County to submit their work for a juried exhibit to be held at the Yocum Institute. This provides students with an opportunity to present their original works of art to the public in a professional gallery setting as well as compete for cash prizes and tuition to Yocum Institute classes.
The competition is open to all full-time Senior High school students that reside in or attend school in Berks County. Original work will be judged by a practicing artist, art historian or educator that is well versed in all mediums.
The Coggins Award will be presented to the overall best in show. In addition, senior high school students will be awarded with 1st – 3rd place awards.
2021 High School Show Award Winners
Karleigh Patton | Exeter Sr. High | Grade 12 | A Portrait of Myself (embroidery)
Devan Detwiler | Governor Mifflin | Grade 12 | Lace Code
Joanna Knepper | Exeter | Grade 11 | Giraffe Box
Angelle Rescigno | Tulpehocken |Grade 11 | Possessed Child
Morgan Herb | Exeter | Grade 10 | Peaceful Glow
Sophia Geddio | Governor Mifflin | Grade 12 | Harmony
Nina Gottschall | Governor Mifflin | Grade 12 | Somewhat Same Lives
Berks Art Alliance Award
Luis Delgado | Wyomissing | Grade 11 | Thane in City Lights
Brittany Thuong | Exeter | Grade 10 | Onion Study
I was thrilled to be asked to judge this year’s student exhibit because I find the enthusiasm that so many aspiring young artists bring to their work to be inspiring. This year’s exhibit was impacted by the pandemic as shown by the fewer number of entries but the quality of those entries was impressive. I looked for several things in considering which should receive awards: first and foremost I wanted to see a creative idea that was thoughtfully developed. Secondly, I looked at the handling of the materials, the mastery of the technique used. Finally I considered the craftsmanship of the piece, including the neatness and appropriateness of the presentation. All of the work was strong and it was difficult to pick the best. Here are my choices:
The Coggins Award goes to Angelle Rescigno for her graphite and colored pencil portrait, “Possessed Child.” Her masterful mark-making with pencil is as good as any professional work I have ever seen and her selective use of color is very effective.
The Berks Art Alliance Award goes to Luis Delgado III for his photograph, “Thane in City Lights.” His combination of two different photos, a nature scene and an urban one, was very professionally executed, I assume digitally. The composition and design are flawless, and his subdued use of color adds to the mysterious aura.
First Place goes to Karleigh Patton for her quilt, “A Portrait of Myself.” Her sewing skills are on par with experienced quilt-makers and her composition, figure proportions, and color choices are all excellent, as is her finishing and hanging.
Second Place goes to Devan Detwiler for her acrylic painting, “Lace Code.” Her distinctive brushwork and subtle use of color, especially in the black leather boots, made what could have been an overly preachy protest theme into a lively composition that got the point across without being heavy-handed.
Third Place goes to Joanna Knepper for her ceramic piece, “Giraffe Box.” This well-crafted trinket box has an understated circus theme, using geometric shapes and an nicely coordinated color palette that are reminiscent of a more subdued version of a mid-century circus poster.
I chose three Honorable mentions, wanting to include a diverse range of media and techniques. Sophia Geddio’s ink drawing, “Harmony,” exhibits a great sense of design and evokes the feel of those wonderful book illustrations from the early 1900s during the Golden Age of Illustration that made me think of Aubrey Beardsley or Alfonse Mucha. Nina Gottschall’s acrylic painting, “Somewhat Same Lives,” is a colorful ode to the psychedelic art of the sixties with a dash of Keith Haring. And finally, Morgan Herb’s watercolor, “Peaceful Glow,” is a wonderful example of how beautifully and subtly that medium can express the many variations of white rose petals in all their velvety splendor.
We appreciate the efforts of these talented young artists and their teachers to submit artwork during such a challenging time.