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Expressing Their Creativity


he 2019 Scholastic Art Winners with Arts Educators in front of the Mission Wall.

Fifty-eight and 29 are more than just numbers when it comes to the arts at Gibbons. They tell the story of the creative gifts and talents of 29 of our visual arts and media students (some pictured below) who captured 58 awards in the Eastern/Central North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition. Their works of art were among over 3,000 entries on the regional level.

The awards included 18 Gold Keys, 15 Silver Keys, and 25 Honorable mentions for the innovative works of arts submitted to the competition.  Gold Key winner Isabella Dalessio-Skare ’19, also received the Edward C. Brown Award for outstanding sculpture as well as a Portfolio Silver Key. The awards represent work from art disciplines, including drawing and painting, crafts, sculpture, digital art, video, and photography.

The Scholastic Art Awards program is designed to encourage student achievement, to recognize teachers and emphasize the importance of the visual arts in schools, according to information from Barton College. To be sure, Gibbons student-artists have been consistently recognized throughout the program's history.

Fine Arts Educator Rebecca Dason said of the awardees: "It is always exciting for students to be recognized for their outstanding creative accomplishments.”

Susie Rinehart '19, a 2019 gold and silver key winner.

For the student honorees (some pictured above) studying art at Gibbons has also taught them important life lessons. Just ask Susie Richart ’19, (pictured left) a four-year art student, who was awarded two Gold Keys and two Silver Keys for her work.

"I learned to take risks,” Susie said of taking art classes at Gibbons. As an example, she pointed to her digital art piece, “Adventure,” which earned her one of her two Gold Key honors. Describing the work as experimental, it involves photos of her twin brother superimposed one  on top of the other and sandpapered once printed. Susie hopes to continue studying art next year when she majors in textile engineering at NC State.

The awards ceremony for Gold Key and Silver Key winners will be held in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton College campus at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 10. The exhibit will run from February 10 to February 22.

View the list of student honorees.


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