Matoaca students honored by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Several Matoaca High art students were recently recognized by the  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers their outstanding work and will receive Scholastic Art Awards. Caroline Smith will receive the Gold Key award for her fashion design titled “I Am Woman;”  Anjelica Vasquez will be awarded a Gold Key for her photograph titled “When the Stories Come To Life” and a Silver Key for a second work titled “Wild Notions.” Caroline Pennell will receive an Honorable Mention for her drawing titled “Number 2”.

These students’ works were selected from among hundreds of entries by a panel of visual arts professionals. Anjelica and Caroline Smith’s Gold Key award entries will be on exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art February 18, 2012 – March 18, 2012. Anjelica and Caroline will be honored at the Second Annual Scholastic Awards Ceremony on February 18 and their winning works will move on to the Alliance for Young Artist and Writers national adjudication process where they will be eligible for further recognition and scholarship opportunities. Adjudication of Gold Key works will take place in New York City and award winners will be announced March 15, 2012. Both Caroline and Anjelica are excited to have the opportunity to compete in this national event.

Anjelica Vasquez is a photography student in Mrs. Sarah Gladwell’s photography program, while Caroline Smith and Caroline Pennell are students who study under the guidance of Mrs. Jennifer Myer. Both Mrs. Gladwell and Mrs. Myer are members of the Matoaca High School art department faculty.


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