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Sharing their creative talents


Arts and media students honored for their work.

More than two dozen Gibbons visual arts and media students recently earned praise for their creative gifts and talents, capturing 71 awards in the Eastern/Central North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition. Their works of art were among the 2,400 entries submitted on the regional level.

The Scholastic Art Awards recognize the vision, ingenuity, and talent of students across the nation. Gibbons student-artists consistently have been recognized throughout the program's history.

This year, Gibbons visual arts students captured 17 gold keys, 20 silver keys, and 19 honorable mentions. Two senior students, Lauren Miller ’20 and Anna Palmtag ’20 won gold keys for their portfolios, and Miller also received a special award for the most outstanding portfolio.

Additionally, our media students won five gold keys, two silver keys, and eight honorable mentions. The works of art are from a range of disciplines, including crafts, sculpture, video, photography, digital art, drawing, and painting.

“These outstanding artists’ works inspire, challenge, and share their exceptional vision of this ever-changing world,” noted Gibbons Fine Arts Educator Rebecca Dason. “I am so grateful to be part of the artistic journey with this amazing group of young people.”

For the student honorees (some pictured above), that journey has been both exciting and formative and being recognized for their art is more than memorable.

Just ask Garett Hozza ’20. He received a gold key in printmaking for his piece, “Release,” a silver key for his art portfolio, Expression, and an honorable mention for his drawing, “Crush.”

“Winning these awards,” he  noted, “shows that others value the work I put into making each piece, and it has made me more determined to continue creating art.”

Fellow student-artist and multiple award winner Jenna Wood ’20 agreed and added that the recognition “was a validation that other people appreciate my creativity.” Wood won four silver keys, including one for her portfolio, My Interests, and two honorable mentions.

The students also said studying art at Gibbons has taught them valuable life lessons.

For Hozza, the program “allowed me to fully embrace my creative side and apply that to my work,” in and out of school. He added: "It has exposed me to new and different ways to fulfill this creative urge, and I have become more confident in what I create thanks to the arts program.”

Wood said the program not only gave her a “safe and welcoming place to express myself and explore and develop both my artistic skills and my individual creativity … but also sparked a passion in me that I plan to develop into a lifelong career.”

The students who received gold and silver key awards recently were honored at a ceremony at Barton College in Wilson, NC, and their work is on exhibit in the college’s gallery through February 27. Artwork from all gold key winners will be sent on to New York for adjudication on the national level with national winners to be announced in March.

View the list of all Gibbons honorees


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