Daemen Honors Top High-School Artists

February 22, 2016

Daemen Honors Top High-School Artists

February 22, 2016

AMHERST, N.Y. – Area high-school students were recognized for their outstanding works of art on display in Daemen College’s 47th annual All High Exhibition, which is being shown through Feb. 26 in the Tower Gallery in the Haberman Gacioch Art Center. 

Exhibition honors and Daemen scholarships were presented to selected high-school juniors and seniors from throughout Western New York at an opening reception held Feb. 7 for the juried competition.

In addition to top awards, the Daemen Department of Visual and Performing Arts presented $5,000 Visual Art Scholarships to Ashley Dusza from Alden High School and Emily Goldenberg from Vestal Senior High School. Selection for the renewable scholarship is based on academic achievement and the strength of a student’s portfolio that are formally evaluated by faculty on the department’s Portfolio Day.

 Top honors were presented to:

  • Best in Show - Lauren Davis, Lancaster High School.
  • Best Drawing/Illustration - Matthew McAuley, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
  • Best Graphic Design - Gillian Harla, Depew High School.
  • Best New Media - Jack Gatto, Lewiston-Porter High School.
  • Best Painting - Kazuki Kanehira, Clarence High School.
  • Best Photography - Lauren Fenske, Lancaster High School.
  • Best Print - Bailey Lewczyk, Nichols School.
  • Best Three-Dimensional - Nicole Costello, Tonawanda High School.
  • Buffalo Society of Artists Award - Olivia Carney, Lewiston High School.

Honorable mentions were awarded to:

  • Kyle Baillargeon, Niagara Falls High School.
  • Kaylee Blesy, Pioneer High School.
  • Sofia Carbonara, Amherst High School.
  • Raymond Kimek, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
  • Taylor Kulla, The Gow School.
  • Christy May, Sweet Home High School.
  • Lindsay Phillips, John F. Kennedy High School.
  • Samantha Rettig, Pine Valley High School.
  • Rebecca Stevens, Wellsville High School.
  • Carson Zgoda, Medina High School.