The Yocum Institute for Art Education announced the winners of the 2022 Annual High School Juried Art Exhibition at the opening reception and awards ceremony on January 30. The exhibition in the Institute’s Holleran gallery will continue until February 13.
Each year, the Yocum Institute invites young, aspiring artists from Berks County to submit their work for a juried exhibition to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their original artwork to the public in a professional gallery as well than to compete for cash prizes and tuition. Institute courses. The contest is open to all full-time Berks County high school students to submit original works in oil, watercolor, mixed media, acrylic paint, sculpture, and 3D art. .
The exhibition was judged by illustrator and designer Amanda Lee Condict, recipient of the Coggins Prize which recognizes artists who embrace Jack Coggins’ values of creativity, innovation and service to the Yocum Institute and the community.
Condict, who studied at Kutztown University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Empire State College, owns a graphic design and illustration studio. She has illustrated for books, magazines and catalogs, t-shirt and textile designs and commissioned portraits and has shown her work in various local galleries, as well as a forensic cartoonist on an episode of “The Dead Files”. She sits on the Berks Art Alliance, Clay on Main, the Berks Arts Council Roundtable, and as a director of the Sketching Workshop, an international artists’ organization. She teaches in the fashion department at Albright College; operates Vincent van BYO, a party painting studio; and painted murals, mostly through community projects with area schools.
“I always enjoy seeing student work, and this year’s High School Art Show was no exception,” Condict said in the release. “The work that was presented features some of the most
talented young artists from Berks County and their skills are impressive. Some of the portraits, in particular, blew my mind. I had a hard time narrowing down the choices
for the awards, but ultimately decided on these works.
The 2022 Coggins Prize and $250 was awarded to 10th Wilson student Mary Brubaker for her charcoal portrait.
“Mary Brubaker’s charcoal portrait had everything I look for when judging: compelling subject matter, technical skill, excellent composition, and good use of many design principles, including contrast,” Condict said.
1st place and $125 was awarded to 11th grader Wilson Madalyn Wilcynski.
“Madalyn Wilcynski’s acrylic gummy bear painting is a hyper-realistic triumph. She even managed to imbue the candy with her signature translucency, which is no small feat,” Condict said.
2nd place and $100 went to 12th grader Tulpehocken, Angelle Rescigno, for her portrait.
“Angelie Rescigno has mastered graphite in her photorealistic rendering, particularly for the model’s clothing, and the red banner running across the background adds a strong graphic element,” Condict said.
3rd place and $75 was awarded to Brittany Troung, a 12th grade student from Exeter, for her Gouche piece titled ‘Nka Trang’.
“Brittany Truong’s evocative seascape shows her mastery of brushwork and her understanding of color,” said Condict.
In addition to the cash prize, the winners of the top categories also receive a full scholarship in a class of their choice.
The Berks Art Alliance Prize was awarded to Joanna Knepper, a 12th grade student from Exeter, for her “Lost Her Marbles”.
The Community Award was presented to Governor Mifflin, Grade 10 student, Kenlee Gollub.
“Kenlee Gollub’s mixed media collage had many layers of meaning, a thought-provoking mix of modern mass media personalities and vintage botanical and scientific ephemera,” Condict said.
The Fred and Deb Gurman Prize was awarded to high school student Daniel Boone Payton Fritz for his acrylic painting “Yellow Keys”.
Honorable mentions went to Exeter 12th grader Olivia Biancone’s Etching/Pen/Ink, Wilson 11th grader Jinyan Chen charcoal art, Wyomissing 10th grader Reese Dauber’s Oil Pastels, Daniel Boone 10th grader Mia Davis’ ink art, Daniel Boone 12th grader Dani Ha’s digital art, ceramics by Exeter 11th grader Mia Herner, and photography by Wyomissing 12th grader Jordan Newton. Each student with honorable mention received $40.
Condict made the following statement regarding the Honorable Mention recipients:
“Olivia Biancone has created what could be an illustration of an ancient and mysterious book, lots of symbolism in a simplified color palette that works well to set the mood.
Jinyan Chen used a combination of subtle gradients and masterful lines to bring this portrait to life.
Reese Dauber’s Pumpkin Patch shows his mastery of perspective and a good understanding of color and value.
Mia Davis has beautifully rendered a partially submerged face using pointillism to create a good range of values.
Dani Ha managed a very unusual and difficult perspective to his advantage, drawing the viewer into the scene from a child’s perspective.
Mia Herner’s creamer and sugar set is fun, funky and reminiscent of fairy tale decor.
Jordan Newton uses strong contrast and tight cropping to create a highly stylized graphic representation of autumn leaves.
The 2022 High School Juried Art Exhibit is located in the Holleran Gallery at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education at 3000 Penn Ave., West Lawn. Masks are mandatory on the tour and please follow posted social distancing guidelines. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Sunday.