Thirty-two works of art from 11 Kents Hill School students received recognition from the Maine Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the most in the school’s history of participating in the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious awards program for young artists.
Bomin Ahn ‘18 received 14 awards including three Gold Key Awards, four Silver Key Awards, and seven Honorable Mention Awards; Grace Chute ’19 received one Gold Key Award, Ben Danielson ’18 received six awards including one Silver Key Award and five Honorable Mention Awards; Leah Herbin ’18 received one Gold Key Award, Kate McKee ’18 received three awards including two Gold Key Awards and one Honorable Mention Award; Yuzi Qiu ’18 received one Honorable Mention Award; Nevin Sabatini ‘19 received one Honorable Mention Award; Kwan Ting So ’20 received one Honorable Mention Award; Ellie Spring ‘18 received one Silver Key Award and one Honorable Mention Award; Kaden Symes ‘19 received one Gold Key Award; and Alisa Tarasova ‘19 received one Gold Key Award.
“The visual arts is one of many avenues that our students use to express creativity, individuality, and independent voice,” says Babs Wheelden, Chair of the Visual Arts Department. “The works that our students produce in drawing, painting, digital art, film, woodworking, photography, and sculpture are a direct representation of our diverse community. We are thrilled to submit several works and even more excited to have that work validated by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and juried by luminaries in the visual arts. With nine Gold Key Awards going on to be judged nationally by an impressive panel of industry experts, we are hopeful that our students have another opportunity to demonstrate excellence.”
The students will be recognized by having their works on display at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, through Saturday, February 10, and during an Awards Ceremony on February 10 at 1:00 p.m. All Gold Key Awards will be considered for Maine Congressional Awards and national recognition from Scholastic Art and Writing. Kents Hill School has a long history of distinction and national recognition in the visual arts, with Katie Sprague ’17 receiving runner-up for Maine’s First Congressional District in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, and Morgan Zenter '16 being named a National Gold Key Medalist in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her ceramic installation "Enteroctopus Dofleini."