MATTAPOISETT — Superintendent Michael S. Nelson and Principal Mike Devoll are pleased to announce that the artwork of several Old Rochester Regional High School seniors was recognized in the Emerging Young Artists (EYA) 2022 Juried Exhibition, as well as the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Contest.
Emerging Young Artists (EYA) 2022 Juried Exhibition
The artwork of seniors Autumn Tilley, Isabella Correia and Makayla Semiao was selected to be featured in the Exhibition, which is being held online this year. The selected works will be featured on the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ website through Sunday, Feb. 6.
The EYA is hosted annually by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The program received submissions from 656 students this year, from which 178 works were selected to be in the exhibition. The work featured will represent students from dozens of schools around New England.
Tilley’s piece is titled “Traversing the Static.” This digital drawing explores the
mentally draining qualities of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. According to Tilley, her goal was to evoke feelings similar to OCD in the viewer through her composition choices, specifically mark-making and use of color.
In addition to being chosen as part of the exhibit, Tilley’s piece received an Honorable Mention award.
Correia’s piece, which is made of charcoal and watercolor, is titled “Vulnerability.” The piece explores Correia’s feelings and emotions associated with human connection. The piece contains depictions of nudity and may not be appropriate for all audiences. To view it, please click here.
Semiao’s piece, a black and white photograph that was captured in a park, is titled “Flower Child.” Semiao is proud of the composition and range of values in the image. She plans to include the photo in her portfolio to highlight her artistic skill and style.
All EYA student artist exhibitors receive a Certificate of Recognition for their selection.
2022 Scholastic Art Award
Seniors Emma Levasseur and Talia DeLeo were recognized in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which is the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens. Students in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) can apply in 28 categories of art and writing. All entries are considered for Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention, as well as other recognitions.
The Massachusetts region of the program is sponsored by the Boston Globe and run by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.
Levasseur’s piece titled “Distorted Love” earned a Silver Key as part of this year’s awards. Levasseur set up a photoshoot using colored light sources to represent her interpretation of a song, portraying a young woman feeling destroyed by love.
DeLeo’s piece “Trash” received an Honorable Mention award in the contest. She used recycled materials, including clothing tags, receipts and plastic bags, to create various clothing pieces.
“Congratulations to Autumn, Isabella, Makayla, Emma and Talia for these amazing accomplishments,” Principal Devoll said. “Each student put so much time, effort and care into their pieces and we are proud to have their hard work recognized in such a prestigious way. I also wish to congratulate our dedicated art teaching staff, Ms. Kate Butler and Ms. Jo Mogilnicki, who supported students throughout the submission process.”