Strong. Original. Innovative. Those are just a few of the words used to describe the art students from eastern North Carolina submitted to the 2018 Regional Scholastic Art Competition. Of the 320 works of art selected for commendation from over 3,000 entries, 23 Cardinal Gibbons student artists earned 45 honors for their work, from gold and silver awards to honorable mention.
Also, two students received special recognition. Isabella Salazar ’18, for outstanding senior portfolio and, Erin Westberg ’18, for outstanding sculpture. Additionally, in the first year entering the competition, several of our student videographers received honorable mention for two videos.
I have grown to trust myself more not only as an artist but as a student. I know that even after I leave Gibbons, the lessons I’ve learned from my art teachers and classmates will stay with me forever. Isabella Salazar '18
Fine Arts Educator Rebecca Dason said of the awardees: "I am honored to teach so many creative and dedicated art students. It’s exciting to see their commitment to excellence is recognized through the prestigious Scholastic Art program.”
For the student honorees (some pictured above) studying art at Gibbons has also taught them important life lessons.
"Taking art classes at Gibbons has not only taught me about technique but also about myself,” said Isabella Salazar ’18. “I have grown to trust myself more not only as an artist but as a student. I know that even after I leave Gibbons, the lessons I’ve learned from my art teachers and classmates will stay with me forever.” Isabella noted that she may pursue art after she graduates from Gibbons, but added, “we’ll see where the road takes me.”
Congratulations to our students and educators!