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Artistic Excellence
Rachelle Garbarine

Four! That’s the number of Cardinal Gibbons student-artists who earned national recognition, placing their pieces in the top 1 percent of the more than 350,000 works of art and writing submitted to the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program.

That number also represents the largest group of Gibbons students to receive national recognition in one year, Fine Arts Educator Rebecca Dason said, adding that it is a testament to how our students share their creativity and God-given talents with others.

That number also represents the largest group of Gibbons students to receive national recognition in one year, Fine Arts Educator Rebecca Dason said, adding that it is a testament to how our students share their creativity and God-given talents with others.

Sofia Gomez-Ayala’18 received a national gold medal in the fashion category for her dress design, titled The White Queen. The other three national honorees received silver medals for their work: Morgan Cody ’18 for her mixed-media piece, cancer; Erin Westberg ’18 for her three-dimensional sculpture, Hunting Season; and Isabella Salazar ’18 for her art portfolio, Unmasked.  

As the recipient of the program’s top award, Sofia was honored at a reception at the North Carolina Governor’s mansion on April 16.  Additionally, she will be heading to New York City to be recognized during a ceremony for national gold medal awardees in June at Carnegie Hall. Photographs of her dress will be exhibited at the Parsons School for Design at The New School and at Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City.

“I was really excited when I learned I had won the National Gold Medal,” said Gomez-Ayala ’18. “I called my mom to tell her the news almost immediately. The fact that pictures of my dress are going to be in New York was probably the most exciting aspect of having won.” 

The four students are also among the 23 Gibbons student-artists who received 45 regional gold or silver awards or received honorable mention earlier this year in the program's regional competition.

Each honoree said being involved in the arts at Gibbons has prepared them for their futures by providing opportunities:

“To let my creative mind run free,” Erin Westberg  ’18.
“To have an open mind and a more compassionate heart,” Morgan Cody ’18.
“To see things in a different perspective,” Isabella Salazar ’18.
“To delve deeper into myself,” Sofia Gomez-Ayala '18.

“I’m grateful to assist all my students as they navigate their artistic journey in high school,” Dason said. “They never cease to amaze me with their creativity, dedication, and desire to learn. It means a great deal when our art students are consistently recognized outside the classroom by such a prestigious award program.”

Congratulations to all four students!

 

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