Here's a sampling of a few of our Gold and Silver Key winners!
The MLWGS Visual Arts Department is very excited to announce that our talented students were recently honored by having their work selected in the regional 2023 Scholastic Art competition. This is a highly competitive annual art competition which had 1878 art entries from around the region.
MLWGS students had one of their best years ever with 69 total awards and the most portfolio winners from ANY school, recognizing Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School as one of the region’s top schools for the Arts.
69 total awards
28 Gold Keys awards including 3 Gold Key Portfolios and 1 American Visions Nominee
14 Silver Keys awards including 2 Silver Key Portfolios
27 Honorable Mentions including 4 Honorable Mention Portfolios
Two Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School students received special recognition for their work in this show.
Senior, Kori Benjamin, received an American Visions Award nomination for her drawing, Girls with Guns. Additionally, senior, Gray Pershing’s sculpture, Stargirl, was chosen for the VisArts Artistic Merit Award.
A portfolio award is very difficult to achieve as it requires a comprehensive body of work expressing a unique artistic voice. Maggie Walker Governor’s School received the most portfolio awards of any school in the region. Please join me in congratulating the following SENIORS who received received special recognition for their portfolios.
V Bryson - Gold Key Art Portfolio with additional awards of 1 Gold Key in Mixed Media and 1 Honorable Mention in Extended Projects
Reade Henley - Gold Key Art Portfolio with additional awards of 1 Silver Key and 1 Honorable Mention for Fashion
Julia Turner - Gold Key Photography Portfolio with additional awards of 1 Gold Key and 1 Silver Key for Photography
Ala Killen - Silver Key Photography Portfolio, Honorable Mention Art Portfolio, with additional awards of 2 Silver Keys for Painting, 1 Silver Key for Photography, and 3 Honorable Mentions for Photography
Ananya Sairaman - Silver Key Art Portfolio with additional awards of 4 Gold Keys for Drawing, Printmaking, and Painting
Kori Benjamin - Honorable Mention Art Portfolio, with additional award of 1 Gold Key and American Visions Award Nominee in Drawing and 1 Gold Key in Painting
Cameron Golden - Honorable Mention Art Portfolio with additional award of 1 Silver Key in Painting
Libbie Sydnor - Honorable Mention Photography Portfolio with additional award of 1 Honorable Mention in Sculpture
Gold and Silver Key winners will have their work displayed at the Visual Art Center of Richmond from Feb. 3- Feb. 20th. Gold Key works will be juried in New York for consideration for National Awards.
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized with individual Gold Keys and/or Silver Keys:
Lucie Bouton - Gold Key in Photography and Silver Key in Sculpture
Tyler DeHaven - Gold Key in Digital Art
Hannah Fetter - Gold Key in Photography and Honorable Mention in Ceramics
Charlie Goodman - Gold Key in Photography
Emil Josefiak - Gold Key in Printmaking and Gold Key in Mixed Media
Izzy List - Gold Key in Painting
Mercedes Luna - Gold Key in Drawing and another Gold Key in Printmaking
Shorya Malani - Gold Key in Photography
Cecilia Oseguera - Gold Key and Honorable Mention in Painting
Gray Pershing - Two Gold Keys and an Honorable Mention in Sculpture
Allyson Phillips- Two Gold Keys and an Honorable Mention in Photography
Brielle Telfair - Gold Key in Mixed Media
Carson Wang - Gold Key and an Honorable Mention in Film and Animation
Ananthu Anish - Silver Key in Drawing
Ella Cable - Silver Key in Photography
Matilda Frantz - Silver Key in Drawing
Xavier Julien - Silver Key in Digital Art
Sadie McMahon - Silver Key in Design
The Scholastic Arts competition is extremely competitive. All recognitions celebrate the quality of these student works. Please join me in congratulating these students who were recognized with Honorable Mention awards for their work:
Colleen Blakeney - HM in Photography
Elizabeth Eckstein- HM in Photography
Sadie Hall - HM in Fashion
Muriel Lewis - HM in Design
Ryan Marks - HM in Photography
Owen McDonald - HM in Photography
Kaysen Mills - HM in Printmaking
Mattias Parandeh - HM in Photography
Lambrini Phillos - HM in Painting
Sibi Sundar - HM in Photography
Olympia Theofanos - HM in Photography
Congratulations to all these talented students! Go Dragons!
Congratulations to Cecilia on her opening this past Thursday! Such a wonderful exhibition of her dynamic paintings and mixed media works. Find out more about her work here.
https://ceciliaa1008.wixsite.com/cecisartcollection/art #mlwgs #art
Each quarter, with the support of our Visual Arts Boosters, we are able to have a day with the figure model in class. This quarter, Art 2 students have been learning about chiaroscuro and focusing on figure proportion. Today, they created these amazing subtractive drawings using erasers with charcoal! There are some rock stars in this class young class. #mlwgs #art
Reade Henley Art 5 Solo Exhibition
Congratulations to Reade on a fantastic Art 5 solo exhibition opening and artist talk today. Her fashions, made from recycled materials, are inspiring and thought provoking. The exhibition is up through this Friday! Don’t miss it.
Ananya Sairaman Art 5 Exhibition
You are invited to our first senior Art 5 solo exhibition of the year! Ananya Sairaman will be having a reception of their show tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 4 during lunch at11:45 in our first floor exhibition space at MLWGS. Ananya will be giving a short artist talk about their work and answering questions. Please come and help support this wonderful young artist as we kick off this year’s series of student exhibitions. The show will run through this Friday, Oct. 7th so don’t miss it! https://23asairaman.wixsite.com/mysite-1
2022 MLWGS Lunchtime Lecture series begins with Stanley Rayfield, portrait artist
The MLWGS Visual Art department kicked off our post-COVID new season of Lunchtime Lectures with the dynamic Richmond portrait artist, Stanley Rayfield. Stanley shared his artistic journey from his start at the Henrico Center for the Arts, through VCU, and up to his current successful career as a professional portrait painter. He also showed in-process works of his recently finished commission of the official state portrait of former Governor of VA, Ralph Northam which now hangs in the VA State Capital building. His insights into his trajectory and his work process were inspiring for all our students!
Our Lunchtime Lecture series are designed to bring local artist and art professionals to share their career experiences with our students. These talks often are aligned with the MLWGS Global Cycle where students are learning about a specific region of the world in their freshmen and sophomore Global Studies classes. These Lunchtime Lectures are sponsored by the MLWGS Visual and Performing Arts Department, the MLWGS Visual Arts Boosters, and our chapter of the National Art Honors Society. Lectures are scheduled quarterly.
Thanks to the amazing Tommy van Auken for being a guest artist in our classes this week at Maggie L. Walker. My students worked on creating some incredible figure drawings for their portfolios. Thanks to our Visual Arts Boosters for sponsoring these experiences for our advanced art students. #mlwgs
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MLWGS Visual Arts is very excited to announce that our talented students were recently honored by having their work selected in the regional Scholastic Art competition. This is a highly competitive annual art competition which had 1,777 art entries from around the region. An Exhibition of Gold Key artwork will be up from February 5th-21st at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond: 1812 West Main Street (9am - 9pm, 7 days a week). Gold Key winners work will be entered in the National Competition. National awards are announced in March.
MLWGS students had an amazing year, receiving 63 total awards, the most of any school in the region and recognizing Maggie Walker as one of the region’s top schools for the Arts.
Please join me in congratulating these SENIORS who received received special recognition for their portfolios:
Hanna Ngai - Gold Key Portfolio, 1 Silver Key, and 2 Honorable Mentions in Sculpture
DevynPowers - 3 Gold Key awards, Silver Key Portfolio and 2 Honorable Mentions as well as the Artist Merit Award
Savannah Cave - 1 Gold Key, 1 Silver Key and Honorable Mention Portfolio in Sculpture
Mallory French - Silver Key in Painting and Honorable Mention Portfolio in painting
Lexi Pasternak - 2 Silver Keys in Digital Art, Honorable Mention in Animation, and Honorable mention Portfolio in Digital Art
The following students were recognized with Gold and Silver Keys for their artwork:
Rachel Dai - Gold Key Printmaking
Ishaan Dave - Gold Key Drawing
Anna Flora - Gold Key and Silver Key for Photography
Summer Fraughnaugh - Gold Key in Photography
Cameron Golden - 1 Gold Key and 2 Silver Keys in painting
Reade Henley - Gold Key in Expanded Projects and Silver Key in Fashion
Hunter Knull - Gold Key Photography
Isabella List - Gold Key in Drawing
Mercedes Luna - Gold Key and Honorable Mention in drawing
Ananya Sairaman - Gold Key in Drawing
Libbie Sydnor - Gold Key for Photography
Kaitlyn Baker - Silver Key and Honorable Mention for painting
Madelyn Cambell - Silver Key in Photography
Elisabeth Eckstein - Silver Key and Honorable Mention in Photography
Sophia Isaacs - Silver Key in Photography
Ala Killen - Silver Key in Painting and 2 honorable mentions
Allyson Phillips - Silver Key for Photography
Kayla Robertson- Silver Key for Photography
Gwen Stankiewicz - Silver Key in Fashion
These students were also recognized with Honorable mention awards for their work:
Kori Benjamin (2)
Katherine Hahn (3)
Audrey Price (2)
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