By Jacob Siegelbaum
These past two months schools from all over Long Island had artists enter a competition submitting pieces to Heckscher Museum. The Heckscher opened a competition for Young artists (grades 9 through 12) from schools on Long Island that could submit their pieces. Each piece had to be inspired by another artist in specific categories that the students can pick from on the Heckscher website.
In the end, six students were picked by teachers from each school for the competition which would be judged for the Heckscher.
Approximately 80 works of art in various media were selected for exhibition. Prizes are awarded in numerous categories, including Best in Show. All exhibiting students received a Certificate of Exhibition and full-color exhibition catalogue. Art teachers of top award winners received Outstanding Teacher Awards.”
In Centereach, six artists were chosen:
Only two were chosen by the Heckscher judges to be showcased in the Museumand they were Sophia Santella and Jacob Siegelbaum
All pieces are already on display in the museum and there will be an awards ceremony this Saturday on the 16th!
Congratulations to all the artists who pulled through and submitted pieces to the competition, as well as the ones who were chosen to be in the museum!
If you are interested in checking out competition, visit the website at http://www.heckscher.org/education_libest
Artist’s name: “What’s Inside My Head” by James MooreArtist of inspiration “A Violent Turn” by James Rosenquist
Artist statement: James says his inspiration from Mr. Rosenquist’s Piece was a memory of hard times. In Rosenquist’s case, this was a car crash. James says he made the piece to resemble hard times that he went through himself.
Artist: Payton Laxton:Artist of inspiration: James Rosenquist- “coin noir”
Media: The material used was acrylic
Artist statement: “I was inspired by the meaning I got from seeing his (Rosenquist’s) piece. When I saw it I saw the concept of people simplifying science in order to better understand it. The simplistic symbols in front of the space background is how I obtained this meaning. In my piece, I utilize this meaning with the label ‘freak’ over what would be the girl’s eyes. This label is put on her by society, that do not understand how beautifully complex she actually is. She has power and a whole universe within her but people simplify her to just one word. Just as scientists use symbols and graphs to simplify complicated concepts.”
Artist: Kassidy Mcmanus
Artist’s works name: 7th Avenue
The artist of inspiration: Bernice Abbot’s “Newsstand (32nd street and 3rd Avenue)”
Media: I used acrylic, sharpie, colored pencil and computer graphics.
Artist Statement: There really isn’t much of a reason behind it or a story, I just wanted to draw the city digitally from that perspective and then create a peel away effect by hand drawing another part of the city and gluing that on top
Artist name: “Alternative Worlds” by Aakansha YagnikArtist of inspiration: “Fulton Street Fish Market” By Berenice AbbotMedia: Acrylic on canvas
The photograph “Fulton Street Fish Market” which was clicked in 1936 by Berenice Abbott of New York city really caught my eye as she captured not only a very beautiful city in a picture but also the life of people around, the change and progress of the New York city. I have always loved cities, everything about them is pretty attracting, the night life, the skyline, the way it looks at night, which gave me inspiration for my painting in which I have combined a glimpse of city skyline at night and a mythical world of architecture. As a kid I have always fascinated about living in the beautiful world of lost cities like Lost city of Atlantis, Lost city of Cleopatra, Dwarka(The lost city where one of the hindu god Krishna was born) and etc. and along with combination of these two I gave a sweet touch of nativity as feather symbolizes speed, movement, skill etc, which I think is perfect for the the beauty of New York city.
The two artists who were chosen to be in the museum are:
Jacob Siegelbaum and Sophia Santella.
Both artist’s did wonderful jobs, displaying creativity, conveying deep messages and showing a great amount of skill, as well as displaying great inspirations from the artists picked in the categories.
Sophia Santella’s piece was named: Dark Skies and Violent Winds
Inspirational artwork: Jewelry Store Window by John Sloan
Materials: Colored Pencil, Marker, Charcoal, String, Watercolor, and ink
Artist Statement/ Inspiration:
I was instantly drawn and inspired by the initial concept of the artwork “Jewelry Store Window” by John Sloan. This piece of artwork was created from a work of poetry. I personally have always been drawn to literature especially meaningful poetry. Artwork and poetry have always gone hand and hand in my world complimenting one another, so for my piece I found one on my favorite poem and created my work based on that. In the poem R.M Drake mentioned “for everyone around her to embrace their storms and make them fall in love with their own violent winds” this line helped depict the concept of my work, meaning that we all should embrace our imperfections and except who we are. My piece shows an emotional girl with a raging storm brewing in the background and ice gradually freezing up her torso and body. The girl is trying and learning to accept who she is because we cannot deny ourselves of who we are and not let who we are it scare us. So in essence the girl is letting the ice grow on her metaphorically excepting herself for who she is and embracing her “storm”. In society today we are put under extreme pressure to conform and change to standards that the media portrays rather being true to ourselves. My work helps me personally to accept who I am and embrace my storm and violent winds.
Jacob Siegelbaum’s Piece was named: Anti-Social Media
Inspirational Artwork: The Favored Scholar by John Rogers
Materials: Balsa wood, Birch Wood, Clay, Resin, Metal, Paint, Silicone
Artists Statement/ Inspiration:
My piece depicts two teenagers sitting on a bench. Both teens, hunched over in their hoodies staring into their phones, oblivious to each others existence, consumed by their devices. My piece shows a scene of people in today’s society, and how they are consumed by their phones. Allowing themselves to get sucked into these programs that distract them from the real world. Today, little real world interaction is seen, and it appears that face to face socialization is decreasing. I want my piece to resonate with viewers and speak this message: “Go out and meet new people, get off your phones, explore the world and have fun!”
I was inspired by John Rogers from his way of making his pieces. John Rogers would take a scene from his time and depict that scene in sculptural form, and I wanted to apply that idea to modern day.
Congratulations to all the artists who were picked to be in the museum, all your works are outstanding! As well as all the artists who submitted pieces!
Also, Congratulations to Jacob Siegelbaum for winning the Andrew Presberg Promising Young artists award and the Huntington Fine Arts honorable mentions award. And for his teacher, Ms. Maio-Wright, she received the outstanding art teacher award!
We all had a great time at the awards ceremony, and can’t wait for next year’s competition!