WARWICK, RI – In an
effort to recognize and encourage artistic talent across high schools in Rhode
Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced the winners of his
2018 High School Arts Competition. Cosponsored by the RI Art Education
Association (RIAEA), the contest features artwork from students hailing from 23
high schools across the state. Each school submitted up to three works of
art from three different students.
All submitted works of art will be on exhibit
at the Warwick Mall this week through May 20. Senator Reed will host a
special reception for all participating students, art teachers, school
officials, and judges at the Warwick Mall on Sunday, May 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This year’s winners were chosen by a panel of
expert judges that included: David DePetrillo of the Providence Art Club; Marta
Martínez of the RI Latino
Arts Association; and Judy Salvadore of the Wickford Art Association.
Arianna Deal, a junior from Cranston High
School West, won this year’s top prize with her work “Sophia,” completed with
charcoal. Her work will be displayed in Senator Reed’s Washington, DC
office for the next year.
John Kineke, a LaSalle Academy senior from
East Greenwich, and Mary Penta, a freshman at East Providence High School,
earned second and third place, respectively.
Kineke’s “Propioception” was created using
Prismacolor pencils, while Penta’s “M.P.” was done with tempera paint.
Their artwork will be displayed in Senator Reed’s Cranston and Providence
offices, respectively, for the next year.
All three winners will receive a ribbon, a
gift certificate from the Warwick Mall, and custom framing of their work from
Providence Picture Frame and Dryden Gallery.
“The arts are a critical component of a
well-rounded education. I always enjoy showcasing the creative talents of
young Rhode Islanders, as well as the hard work and dedication of art teachers
and mentors who help nurture their gifts,” said Senator Reed. “The judges
had a difficult task in selecting just a few top works, and I want to
particularly congratulate Arianna, John, and Mary for winning this year’s
competition. Thank you to all the students and teachers who participated
and made this competition a success.”
Honorable mention awards were given to five
students: Michelle Phan, a junior at Cranston High School East; Skyla Rubeck, a
sophomore at North Kingstown High School; Harony Segura, a senior at RI Nursing
Institute Middle College; Cody Tu, a junior at Tollgate High School; and
Rebecca Dion, a senior at Middletown High School.
Domingo Pablo Gutierrez, a junior at Mount
Pleasant High School, was chosen as the “Senator Reed staff pick” for his work