Photo by Duc Dinh '22
Photo by Julian Huang '23
Student Artists Showcased in National Art Show
Brittany Rockenfeller

Here at Blair Academy, students are encouraged to push their creative boundaries to explore their potential as artists. This often includes exploring a number of opportunities to showcase their work, both on and off campus.

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers recently honored a number of Blair’s budding artists at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, hosted in New York, NY.  Duc Dinh ’22’s and Julian Huang ’23’s work was also chosen to be on display at the in-person gallery from a pool of winners. Both Duc and Julian had the opportunity to see their work in-person during a trip to the show on October 3.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is one of the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition programs for creative teens. Founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, the program has inspired bold ideas in creative students throughout the country. All entries are considered for Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, American Visions Nominee and American Voices Nominee Awards.

Throughout the school year, Blair faculty encourage art students to enter the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, but it is not a requirement, according to photography teacher Tyson Trish. For students, the competition is a unique way to showcase work outside of Blairstown for the world to see.

“It is wonderful when your creative work is acknowledged by others outside of your community, as it provides students with confidence and positive feedback,” Mr. Trish noted. “I am very proud that these two students’ work is on display for others to see and be inspired by.”

Both Duc and Julian, who earned the Gold Key for their images, were remote-learning students due to the pandemic when they took the photos. Mr. Trish loved that they were able to turn to photography and art as an outlet and form of self-expression during this difficult time.

Mr. Trish and his photography students look forward to entering the contest again this year. To view a full list of participating Blair photographers, read on below.

Sofia Ciminello ’22 “Tenacity” – Silver Key

Ashley Dai ’21 “Pavillion Design” – Gold Key, American Visions Nominee

Duc Dinh ’22 “Gender Fluidity” – Gold Key

Duc Dinh ’22 “On Cloud 9” – Gold Key

Duc Dinh ’22 “Flower for Thoughts” – Gold Key

Hope Dragonetti ’22 “Loansome” – Silver Key

Julian Huang ’23 “Light” – Gold

Julian Huang ’23 “Busy” – Honorable Mention

Christine Jeong ’23 “Miss You” – Honorable Mention

Christine Jeong ’23 “Spike” – Honorable Mention

Christine Jeong ’23 “House of Goddess” – Honorable Mention

Christina Jiang ’24 “The Handprint” – Silver Key

Olivia Kreider ’21 “XXXTentacion Portrait” – Honorable Mention

Mia Leddy ’23 “crystal skies” – Honorable Mention

Christina Tan ’21 “Mermaid” – Gold Key

Linda Thomas-Galloway ’21 “Black and White” – Honorable Mention

Sean Um ’22 “Hopeless” – Gold Key

Sean Um ’22 “Gaze” - Gold Key

Sean Um ’22 “Arab Spring” – Honorable Mention

Sean Um ’22 “Dreaming the Impossible Children’s Book” - Gold Key

Sean Um ’22 “Earnest Prayer” – Gold Key

Dong Bin Won ’22 “Emergence” – Honorable Mention

Dong Bin Won ’22 “Looking through the Internal and External Self” – Gold Key



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