Young Rockaway Artists At the Met
Megan LaCognata, Annie Zheng, Emily Dana, all of Scholars’ Academy, are among 83 New York City public school students from pre-kindergarten through high school, featured in the exhibition.
Now in its 11th year, the annual exhibition runs through August 15th at the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at the museum through August 25th.
The works were chosen from 800 submissions from all parts so the city. The jury was comprised of distinguished members of the New York arts community including Metropolitan Museum of Art staff.
Finalist LaCognata’s piece, called ‘DIY’, weaves a three-dimensional portrait out of screws and acrylic paint on gypsum board.
Her portfolio, which she was preparing for college admissions, was destroyed by the hurricane, along with her art supplies and those of her classmates.
Scholars’ Academy itself was severely hit by the storm.
LaCognata, grade 12, said about her entry, “My work parallels the reconstruction following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. I used materials that were being used to rebuild my house.”
Commented her long time art teacher, Kelly Trpic, “Megan’s determination, commitment, creativity and talents are inspirational.”
Also representing the Rockaways were Emily Dana and her work ‘Bursting At The Seams’ and Annie Zheng’s ‘Garden City’ were honored as semi-finalists.
Trpic is also their art teacher, and both are in the 11th grade.
Thomas Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, noted that the exhibition not only recognizes “the unique talents of 83 exceptional artists, (it) also acknowledges the support of the many dedicated teachers who have helped guide and nurture these students.”
Two other works touched on Rockaway themes: ‘After the Storm, Far Rockaway’ by finalist Solomiya Antonv and semi-finalist Shalisia John’s ‘The Calm Before The Storm- Redfern Projects, Far Rockaway’.
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