RHS art students honored at Hartford awards show

Ridgefield High School senior art student Margaret Vanni received a gold portfolio award and a $21,000 a year scholarships to the University of Hartford during the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards in Hartford Jan. 28.

Additional art award winners from Ridgefield were seniors James Tonra, silver portfolio award; Madeline Roth, silver key for ceramics; Katherine Ouellette, honorable mention for digital art.

Junior Christina Kinsbourne won a gold key in digital art and a honorable mention in drawing and illustration. Sophomore Matthew Sorgie won a gold key for drawing and illustration and Oliver Petersen won an honorable mention for digital art.

Sorgie, along with Kinsbourne, will receive the opportunity to attend a pre-college summer program dedicated to art or design. Top state award winners and gold key recipients' work is entered in a national competition with a prestigious National Awards Ceremony and exhibition in New York City.

State prizes and scholarships were presented at the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater.

Diversity of expression and sophisticated artistic skills of these students are evident in the impressive display of the work of traditional media -- painting, drawing, graphic arts, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry, as well as newer art forms including computer art, digital imagery, animation, video, film and fashion on display at the University of Hartford Art School, Slipe Gallery.

The Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards are organized by the Connecticut Art Education Association as part of the National Scholastic Art Awards, which was created in 1927 in New York, to honor the "creative excellence" of young artists. Administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, it is the largest and oldest student competition in the country.