More Than 100 Awards at Scholastic Competition

Students at Mill Street Loft’s Art Institute Take Home More Than 100 Awards at Scholastic Competition
Top winners will proceed to a national competition, others showcase work at SUNY New Paltz

Mill Street Loft is proud to announce that students of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft received more than 100 awards at the recent 2016 Hudson Valley Scholastic Art Awards, a competition produced by the Hudson Valley Scholastic Art Awards Consortium.  

Students of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft received 71 Gold and Silver Key awards, 2 American Visions,and 50 honorable mention awards. Gold and American Visions winners will go on to a national competition where they will compete with winners from more than 100 affiliates nationwide. Art Institute students received awards in the following categories: Sculpture, Mixed Media, Portfolio, Photography, Digital Art, Film & Animation, Painting, and Drawing & Illustration. A Winners Exhibition will be on display at the Rotunda Gallery at SUNY New Paltz from February 3-24, 2017.

Winners from the Art Institute include:
Rachel Brainerd
Eloisa Morales (Arlington H.S.)
Charlotte Howard (Rhinebeck H.S.)
Yanlam Ko (Spackenkill H.S.)
Isabel Long (Spackenkill H.S.)
Abigail Scesney (John Jay H.S.)
Maxwell Von der Horst (Warwick H.S.)
Alexandra Harris (Arlington H.S.)
Chloe Mosbacher (New Paltz H.S.)
James Tedesco (Arlington H.S.)
Anthony DiBattista (John Jay H.S.)
Kailee Gorr (Livingston Manor H.S.)
Emilia Ricciardi (Port Jervis H.S.)

“We are so incredibly proud of our students, who have put vast amounts of time, effort, and heart into their art,” says Todd Poteet, Director of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft. “The incredible level of the work I’ve seen in this competition proves that the Hudson Valley is truly a powerhouse in the arts. We commend each participant and teacher for their outstanding work.”

The Hudson Valley Scholastic Art Awards Consortium includes Orange-Ulster BOCES, Orange County Arts Council, Ulster BOCES, Dutchess BOCES, Sullivan County BOCES, and the Enlarged City School District of Middletown. The awards are presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent, and present their remarkable work to the world through recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship. Past award winners have included esteemed artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Cy Twombly, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick, and John Baldessari; author Richard Avedon; actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, and John Lithgow; and filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns, and Richard Linklater.

About Scholastic:
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.