Art students win national, regional awards

Art students at the Specialty Center for Visual & Performing Arts at Thomas Dale High School received awards in national and regional art contests recently. The J-ART competition evaluated works made entirely of Styrofoam.  The contest was cross curricular between art and science and the winning pieces will journey to the sea floor during Expedition 340T.  Art students at Thomas Dale High School will be viewing the live video broadcast of the expedition. National winners are Specialty Center artists Gabriella Pino-Moreno, Heather Smart, Kelsey Punch and Kathleen McNinch.

These Specialty Center artists received regional scholastic art awards from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

  • Kelsey Cunningham-Gold Key & Silver Key
  • Alyson Gumprich-2 Gold Key Awards
  • Keisha Hayes-Gold Key
  • Haadia Khan -Gold Key & Honorable Mention
  • Hannah Lewis-Gold Key & Honorable Mention
  • Clayton Hall -Silver Key & Honorable Mention

Award winning works were selected by a panel of visual arts professionals from hundreds of entries.  Gold Key works will be exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from February 18 through March 18.

The Specialty Center program attracts students from all districts of Chesterfield County who are highly interested and talented in art, music, dance and theatre.   More info and online art gallery at 


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