2021 Begins with a Celebration of the Arts


2021 Begins with a Celebration of the Arts

New artwork on display in the Ordway Art Gallery for the beginning of the second semester.

2021 Begins with a Celebration of the Arts

This January, even before our students repopulated campus after a long winter break, Avon Old Farms began receiving word from a variety of art competitions. This month we celebrate the artists who were recognized for their creativity across three competitions: The 2021 National Art Honor Society’s Juried Exhibition, the 2021 Emerging Young Artists Juried Exhibition hosted by University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards.

"We are very proud of these boys and their willingness to experiment, be courageous in their creativity, and strong in voice/vision," says Visual Arts Chairperson Cristina Pinton.


2021 NAHS/NJAHS Juried Exhibition

Hobie Jamison ’21 and Michael Xie ’22 were selected for the sixth annual National Art Honor Society/National Junior Art Honor Society (NAHS/NJAHS) Juried Exhibition of artwork, is taking place from January 11 to April 30, 2021. The exhibition showcases the work of talented student artists who are members of NAEA’s NAHS/NJAHS programs. From a total of 1,187 submissions, 93 works representing 49 schools and 20 states are on exhibit in the online Virtual Gallery. View the exhibit here. Congratulations to Hobie and Michael!

Left Unread by Hobie Jamison, Right A Friend in Light by Michael Xie

Left Unread by Hobie Jamison, Right A Friend in Light by Michael Xie


Emerging Young Artists (EYA) 2021 Juried Exhibition

This year, the Emerging Young Artists (EYA) 2021 Juried Exhibition received submissions from 431 students from which the juror, CVPA’s Dean A. Lawrence Jenkens, selected 88 works to be in the exhibition. Congratulations to our seven students whose artwork was selected for this highly competitive New England juried exhibition:

Leo He ’23 Profile
Derrick Li ’24 Self Portrait in Shadow
Aidan Radtke ’21 Portrait of JT
Michael Xie ’22 Claudine
Linhao Jiang ’22 Untitled
Alex Kwak ’23 K Life
Ben Reznik ’21 Untitled

Leo He's work of oil on canvas Profile took home an honorable mention.

The EYA is held annually at the CVPA Campus Gallery of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Emerging Young Artists 2021 Juried Exhibition is online this year. It will be featured on the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ website from January 22 through February 6, 2021.

We invite the Avon community to attend the virtual opening reception on Friday, January 22 from 4:30-5:30 on Zoom under the link (meeting ID: 927 4904 9553, passcode: 225225). The reception will include a presentation featuring students’ artworks, remarks from the juror, Dean A. Lawrence Jenkens, award announcements, and a launch of the people’s choice competition.

2021 Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to the 13 Avon Old Farms artists whose work was accepted into the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards. The Connecticut Regional Scholastic Awards is a high quality level, professionally juried event which recognizes only the best Connecticut student art work. All Connecticut art students in public, parochial, and private schools are encouraged to participate and submit high quality artwork.

Beyond the honor of being selected for this high quality exhibit, students may be awarded Gold or Silver keys and Honorable Mention Awards in 18 media categories. The Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards announced awards in February during a virtual exhibition: Avonians took home 17 awards: six gold keys, five silver keys, and six honorable mentions.

Leo He ’23 Four Gods—Silver Key, design

Leo He ’23 Confidence—Gold Key, drawing & illustration

Quentin Cutler ’22 Waiting to Apologize—Honorable Mention, photography

Quentin Cutler ’22 Old School—Honorable Mention, digital art

Sean Desjardins ’21 A Man and His Shadow—Gold Key, photography

Francis Hagood ’23 Self Portrait - New School, New Me—Silver Key, painting

Tommy Higgins ’22 Grime—Honorable Mention, painting

Mathew Jamison ’21 Old Man—Gold Key, digital art

Van Liott ’23 Ex-Triangulis—Gold Key, CAEA Best in Sculpture, sculpture

Aidan Radtke ’21 Persistence—Honorable Mention, photography

Xander Ratledge ’22 Ephemeral—Silver Key, photography

Xander Ratledge ’22 Brother Watching TV—Gold Key, photography

Adrian Reed ’21 Minotaur's Story—Silver Key, sculpture

Preston Runk’ 21 Variations on a Cube—Honorable Mention, sculpture

Peter Siana ’22 Dreamstate—Honorable Mention, drawing & illustration

Michael Xie ’22 Self as Depicted by Broken Still Life—Silver Key, drawing & illustration

Michael Xie ’22 Rapture—Gold Key, painting

Michael Xie ’22 Descending the Depths—Silver Key, painting