Art Exhibit Features Talents of Local High School Students

The National Arts Program® was privileged to be part of a recent High School Visual Art Contest featuring artworks from students grades 9th-12th all across Chester County. The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County spearheaded the show entitled “Alice in Wonderland - Through the Looking Glass”. The winning piece will be featured on the invitation for their annual fundraising gala and the Chester County Arts Association hosted the show in their beautiful gallery space located in the Exton Mall.

Director of Operations, Maren Reid, volunteered time on behalf of the National Arts Program® to help with registration and intake for the show. In addition to assisting with the organizational efforts the National Arts Program® provided the second place Art Education Award which was presented to Rachael Vince for her piece entitled “Queen of Hearts”.

Rachael and her family attended the January 29th reception and awards presentation and suggested that she would like to use her Art Education Award to offset a college art class this summer. Rachael had even visited the National Arts Program’s® website and uploaded artwork to our Artist Gallery two years prior! We love hearing about talented young artists that are taking advantage of all their local communities have to offer. We hope that teen artists everywhere will upload their artwork to our Artist Gallery and research other ways to share their art with the public within their own local communities.

The National Arts Program® would like to thank the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County for offering this wonderful opportunity to these students. A special thank you also goes to the judges; Victoria Wyeth, Jackie Szafara, Matthew Holliday, Bruce Mowday and Beth Ruggiero for making the very difficult decision of choosing the three winning artworks.

The three winners along with the prizes awarded are as follows:

1st Place – Kim Ward “Lost in Wonderland”  Bishop Shanahan High School

First Place prize includes having artwork featured on the “Through the Looking Glass” Gala Fundraiser Invitation, $250.00 in cash for the artist along with $250.00 in cash for the school art department.

2nd Place-Rachael Vince “Queen of Hearts” Owen J. Roberts High School

2nd Place – Rachael Vince “Queen of Hearts” Owen J. Roberts High School

Second Place prize included NAP Art Education Award worth $200 towards a visual arts class or training from an instructor.

3rd Place-Safoora Siddiqui “In Wonderful” Collegium Charter School

3rd Place-Safoora Siddiqui “In Wonderful” Collegium Charter School

Third Place prize included an Artist Membership to the Chester County Art Association and entry in a juried group show in 2017.