Art Abounds at Avon
At Avon Old Farms School, Visual Arts Department Chair Cristina Pinton has noticed an uptick in the amount of students interested in the visual arts – a trend that is reflected in the recent recognition of five student artists at the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing regional and national juried art competition and eight students featured in the National Arts Program Reception at Capitol Community College.
“I am extremely proud of what our boys are doing in the arts,” said Pinton, who has been teaching art at Avon since 2012. “The emotion that steams out of these young men and into their work is inspiring, and seeing them awarded for it only encourages them to keep exploring and expressing themselves.”
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 29 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video game design and more.
Award winners were:
• CJ Calcinari ’18, Burlington, Silver Key for work in digital art.
• Xavier Vega ’17, East Windsor, Gold Key for painting, Silver Key for painting, Silver Key for portfolio in design/painting, honorable mention for work in printmaking.
• Graham Deckers ’20, Avon, honorable mention for painting, Silver Key for drawing/mixed media, Silver Key for ceramics, Gold Key for ceramics.
• Cole Kammler ’17, New Canaan, honorable mention for work in sculpture.
• Andrew Jung ’17, Seoul, Korea, Silver Key for portfolio in digital photography, honorable mention for digital photography.
In addition, Vega and Jung also received scholarships for their work at the show.
An award signifies to parents, teachers, the community and colleges that a student is an accomplished artist or writer while offering opportunities for creative teens to earn recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. Works are judged on originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision or voice.
At the National Arts Program® For Hartford and Middlesex Counties awards ceremony at Capital Community College, eight Avon Old Farms artists were exhibited:
• Matthew Jensen ’19, Avon
• Chris Stephan ’18, Avon
• Sam Krupnikoff ’19, Unionville
• Xavier Vega ’17, East Windsor
• Graham Deckers ’20, Avon
• Joseph Stallmeyer ’17, Canton
• CJ Calcinari ’18, Burlington
• TJ Shaw ’18, Avon
Deckers won the Art Education Award, Stallmeyer won the Teen First Prize, and Vega won Teen Second Prize. Visual Arts Department Chair Cristina Pinton also won Second Place Professional for a submitted photograph.
Among the winning works were both pieces of art developed in classes as well as pieces that were done in students’ spare time, which Pinton says is a sign of the love of art, the passion involved, and the talent that exists at Avon Old Farms.
“I want the art studio, classes and workshops be inspiring and challenging for these young men who need to know that they have the potential to be powerful visual artists with powerful messages,” Pinton continued, also sharing that the art department has been expanding offerings to help feed the growing interest in art.
Students will be recognized during an awards reception Sunday, Jan. 29. Student artwork will be on display from Jan. 14 – Feb 3 at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford Art School daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and weekends from 12 – 4 p.m.
For more information about the arts at Avon Old Farms, visit www.avonoldfarms.com.