Five Kents Hill School student artists recently received Scholastic Art Awards. Gold Key Award recipients were Katie Sprague ’17 (2) and Morgan Zenter ’16; Silver Key Award recipients were Lily Aisenberg ’17, Atsushi Agota ’16 and Morgan Zenter ’16; and Honorable Mention Awards went to Katie Sprague ’17; Bomin Ahn ’18 (2); Morgan Zenter ’16 (2). The students will be recognized at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 during a ceremony at the Maine College of Art. Faculty advisors were Visual Arts Chairwoman Babs Wheelden and Chairman RJ Jenkins.

Gold and Silver Key Award recipients will have their work on display through Feb. 13 at the Maine Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit at the Maine College of Art. The hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibit will also be featured during Portland’s First Friday event set for 5-8 p.m. Feb. 5. A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Admissions Office on the first floor of MECA next to the Scholastics Exhibition.

There were 393 students from 50 schools supported by 124 art educators participating in the 2016 Maine Regional Affiliate Scholastic Art Awards Competition. A total of 799 submissions were judged, which included 743 individual entries and 56 senior portfolios. This translates into 1,191 artworks being included in the jury process. The end results were for individual entries: 108 Honorable Mentions, 51 Silver Key Awards and 34 Gold Key Awards which include the five American Visions Nominees. The 56 senior portfolios resulted in seven Honorable Mentions, five Silver Key Awards and four Gold Key Awards.


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