By Leslie Yager
The Bruce Museum’s fifth annual iCreate teen art show showcases the artworks of 46 jury-selected finalists in the Museum’s Lecture Gallery.
The artworks were selected from almost 500 submissions gathered from an open call to regional high schools and, this year, one school in China. The artworks will be on display through Sunday, July 6.
“iCreate is an annual exhibition organized by the Bruce Museum’s Youth Committee, Youth@Bruce,” explains Mary Ann Lendenmann, Volunteer Manager and New Media Developer at the Bruce Museum. “It’s a way for them to have a meaningful experience at the Museum, and their efforts have created what is now a very exciting annual exhibition for us.”
This year’s iCreate exhibition features not only the selected works of regional high school students but also the selected works of students from Tianjin No. 2 High School, a Chinese high school that is paired with Greenwich High School through the prestigious ‘Confucius Classroom’ program.
“We reached out to the Chinese high school this year in the spirit of the cross-cultural exchange of art displayed in our current exhibition Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing,” explained Lendenmann. “One of the Chinese students even won a prize!”
Cash prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners selected by a jury of professionals. An additional award, the Youth@Bruce Award, was selected by the Youth@Bruce teen committee. And this year, because of the overwhelming quality of the entries, there were two Honorable Mention Awards.
First place was awarded to Anna Vanderpool, a senior at Fox Lane High School, New York, for her dry brush acrylic work entitled Hysteria.
Second place went to Michelle Devlin, a senior at Spackenhill High School, New York, for Don’t Eat Me Up, an acrylic on hardboard work.
Third place was awarded to Wang Hongtao for 富贵花开 Blossoms, a Chinese Water Ink painting from Tianjin High School No. 2.
The Youth@Bruce Award went to Kristina Dittrich, a senior at Fox Lane High School, for Descent, a vellum and colored pencil piece.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to Kyra Cushing, a senior at Fox Lane High School, for Self Portrait, a paper origami piece, and to Maddie Osborne, a sophomore at Hastings High School, for Bruna, a work of marker and collage.
The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Dr, Greenwich. Tel. (203) 868-0376. Closed Independence Day. Open Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
(Doors close 1/2 hour before closing. Last admission 4:30 pm.)