WMHT hosts art invitational

Tiffany Fisher, a senior at Rensselaer High School, won first place for “Floating Love”, a tempera.

Questar III announced the winners of the 23rd Annual High School Art Invitational Exhibit at an opening reception held at WMHT Educational Telecommunications in Troy on April 18. Seven students were honored for outstanding achievement in visual arts.

Three students earned merit awards (the top honor):

  • First Place-Tiffany Fisher, a senior at Rensselaer High School, for “Floating Love”, a tempera.
  • Second Place- Brianna O’Leary, a senior at Ichabod Crane High School, for “Falling Into Reality”, a Photoshop piece.
  • Third Place- Stuart Allen, a senior at Maple Hill High School, for “Adonis”, a water soluble pencil drawing.

Brianna O’Leary, a senior at Ichabod Crane High School, won second place for “Falling Into Reality”, a Photoshop piece

Four students received honorable mention awards:

  • Lydia Sharp, a junior from Averill Park High School, for “Untitled”, a textile.
  • Rebecca Leombruno, a senior from Greenville High School, for “Giraffe Shoes”, a mixed media piece.
  • Nabihah Azhari, a freshman from Troy High School, for “Self Portrait”, a pencil drawing.
  • Amelia Morgan, a New Visions student, for “Reflections”, a photograph.

Stuart Allen, a senior at Maple Hill High School, for “Adonis”, a water soluble pencil drawing.

For the past 23 years Questar III’s High School Art Invitation Exhibit, has showcased the talent of students in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties as part of the organization’s Cultural and Performing Arts Program. This is the second year the program was held at WMHT.

This year, 14 school districts participated in the show, including Averill Park, Berlin, Brunswick, Cairo-Durham, Coxsackie-Athens, East Greenbush, Germantown, Greenville, Hoosic Valley, Ichabod Crane, New Lebanon, Rensselaer, Schodack and Troy. Additionally, students from Questar III’s New Visions: Visual and Performing Arts and Questar III’s Rensselaer Educational Center also contributed work.

Naomi Lewis, exhibit and outreach coordinator at the University at Albany’s University Art Museum, served as juror for this year’s competition, which featured an array of exceptional two- and three-dimensional works of art, from traditional paintings to mixed media pieces.

The exhibit, which is open to the public, continues at WMHT on Wednesdays (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), Thursdays (2-5 p.m.) or by appointment through May 17.

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