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Record Number of Art Awards Earned

Record Number of Art Awards Earned

Avonians are featured and/or awarded at the following exhibits:

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Exhibition dates: January 13 – February 9 at the Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

This January, Visual Arts Department Chairperson Cristina Pinton learned that 25 works of art by 10 students were accepted into the 2019 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards. Here is a list of the winning art:

Matt Jensen Photography Off to Somewhere Gold Key
Matt Jensen Art Portfolio Worlds of the Unreal Gold Key, Scholarship
Peiqi Liu Drawing & Illustration Shame on You Gold Key
Daichi Ono Drawing & Illustration The Offering Honorable Mention
Daichi Ono Painting Self Portrait in Chair Silver Key
Daichi Ono Painting Marina Honorable Mention
Tyler Pumper Photography unidentified Gold Key
Tyler Pumper Photography Hold Your Breath Honorable Mention
Pengyu Si Art Portfolio Observations Gold Key, Wadsworth Atheneum Prize
Pengyu Si Drawing & Illustration The Reveal that Led to Nowhere Gold Key
Pengyu Si Painting A River Scene Near Home Gold Key
Pengyu Si Art Portfolio Studies of Subjects Silver Key
Pengyu Si Drawing & Illustration Men’s Dressing Room Silver Key
Jiaxing Zhang Photography Artist’s Inspiration Honorable Mention
Jiaxing Zhang Photography Isolation & Peace Honorable Mention
Jiaxing Zhang Photography Only Here I Am Myself – appearing from the silver of darkness Gold Key
Bhakapol Bhakdibhumi Painting Self Portrait Gold Key
Christopher Calcinari Digital Art Dream Series – The Bird Silver Key
Graham Deckers Jewelry The Promise Gold Key, American Visions, Best in Jewelry
Graham Deckers Drawing & Illustration Gesture of Love Silver Key
Graham Deckers Ceramics & Glass Triptych – Self Portrait on Three Tiles Silver Key
Graham Deckers Ceramics & Glass Earth-Toned Tea Set Gold Key
Graham Deckers Drawing & Illustration Boy Toy Gold Key, American Visions, CAEA Vest Drawing
Andrew Sung Mixed Media The Great Machine Gate Silver Key
Sehoon Chang Design Are You Perfectionist? Silver Key
Sehoon Chang Fashion Modern Doublet Gold Key, Jerry's Artarama of CT Best in Fashion

All Gold Key awards automatically go to national adjudication for March notification.As the visual arts program continues to soar at Avon Old Farms School, so too does the amount of our student artwork on exhibit. Both on our campus and off, AOF students have works on display for the public to see.

View Additional Scholastic Awards & Scholarships

Emerging Young Artists 2019 Juried Exhibition at UMass Dartmouth

Exhibition dates: January 22 – February 9


More than 350 pieces of art were submitted for this highly competitive New England juried exhibition, and this year juror Dean Laura Franz selected 80 works to be in the exhibition, including four artists from Avon Old Farms School: seniors Robert Aughtry, Bon Bhakdibhumi, Jack Needham, and Daichi Ono.

“To have four of our boys accepted into this competitive show is a true testament to their hard work—this is a blind judgement, which means the juror did not know who the artist of any piece was, or where it came from,” commented Visual Arts Department Chairperson Cristina Pinton. “They simply chose it for the art.”

Dartmouth will host an awards ceremony on the last day of the show Saturday, February 9, from 1 – 3 p.m. Recipients of The Dean’s Award, 1st Place Award, 2nd Place Award and 3rd Place Award will receive a $1,000 scholarship if they enroll as a major at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth.


Campus Gallery, CVPA, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747. The Campus Gallery is located on the first floor of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

UMass Dartmouth Galleries will also feature photos from the EYA2019 exhibition at

18th Annual Drexel University High School Photography Contest

Opening reception: February 9 from 1 - 3 p.m.

The work will stay on display through March 3.

On the same day as the show at Dartmouth, Avon Old Farms community members in the Philadelphia area will also have some Avon art close at hand.

“This year we received a record number of entries—just over 3,000 images in fact,” said Casey Cummings, of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. “Two hundred images were accepted into the exhibition. Of those, a top 6 will be chosen for awards.” 

From Avon Old Farms School, art was accepted from each member of the digital photo and AP Photo courses.

An opening reception for all the work will be held on February 9th from 1 - 3 p.m. on Drexel’s Campus in The Academic Building at 101 N 33rd St – 4th Floor. The work will stay on display through March 3rd.

AIP Art Exhibit at the Ordway Art Gallery at Avon Old Farms

On display through mid-February

Of course, we also have beautiful art gracing the wall of Avon’s Ordway Art Gallery. Currently, works created by our talented Afternoon Independent Project Program students are on display: Pengyu Si ’19, Bon Bhakdibhumi ’19, Daichi Ono ’19, and Eugene Kim ’20.

“The wonderful thing about all of these shows is that our boys get to talk about their art, and it makes them happy,” Pinton shared. “Even when we hosted an opening reception in December for our AIP art exhibit in the Ordway Art Gallery, the artists were overwhelmed with how many questions they were getting about their art. They realize that there is a place for their art beyond the walls of the art studio.”

We congratulate these young men on their accomplishments.