Student Artists of the Year announced
May 23, 2017
Pictured above, from Left: Zander Varney, Molly Smith, Camden Lee Tillinghast, Michael Perez, and Nikia Wight. Not pictured, Abigail Olson
On May 22, Frisbie Memorial Hospital and HBL Group, LLC announced the 2016/2017 Student Artists of the Year at the 2nd annual Student Artist of the Year reception, which was held in Frisbie’s Community Gallery. The Student Artist of the Year is an initiative designed to recognize the artistic talents of high school seniors. This year’s participating schools included Farmington, Nute, Spaulding, and Somersworth.
The Student Artist of the Year is a culmination of a seven-month “Student Artist of the Month” campaign, which begins in September and wraps up end of April. Each month, exhibits rotate out to provide opportunity to display student artwork from each school. Frisbie staff is then invited to cast a vote for the Student Artist of the Month. In May, art from each Student Artist of the Month was on display so that members of the public could cast a vote for the Student Artist of the Year. The student with the most votes overall was named Artist of the Year and awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Three $500 scholarships were awarded to the top vote-getters from each of the other high schools. Two $250 scholarships were added to this year’s competition.
In total, 22 students participated in this year’s Student Artist of the Month competition, which included 87 pieces of artwork. Over 730 votes were cast during the 2016/2017 campaign. The names of this year’s Artists of the Month vying for the 2016/2017 Student Artist of the Year are listed below. Noted also is the name of each student’s school and their artwork, as well as scholarship awarded:
- $1000 – Michael Perez of Spualding for artwork, “Falling in Love”
- $500 – Zander Varney of Farmington for artwork, “Docta Peppa”
- $500 Abigail Olson of Nute for artwork, “Pretty Poppys”
- $500 – Camden Lee Tillinghast of Somersworth for artwork, “Wonderlust”
- $250 – Nikia Wight of Nute for artwork, “Bird”
- $250 – Molly Smith of Spaulding for artwork, “Creature of the Reef”