RIT Hosts 2007 Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 4

Drum roll please: 492 Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention award-winners recognized




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PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Coralis Dominguez; www.rit.edu/news/pics/Scholastic_Artist.jpg, a junior at Monroe High School, won a Gold Key for her mixed media portrait, “Pieces of Me,” www.rit.edu/news/pics/Scholastic_Winner.jpg

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There’s an abundance of young talent in America, and there’s proof right here in our local communities. If you think American Idol is TV’s greatest music talent show ever, consider the Rochester-Finger Lakes Scholastic Art Awards as the area’s “greatest artistic talent show ever.”

In mid-January, a panel of esteemed judges sifted through 2,500 art entries from local middle- and high-school students and selected 492 winners: 151 Gold Key, 176 Silver Key, and 165 Honorable Mention.

For the eighth consecutive year, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology plays host to the 2007 Rochester-Finger Lakes Scholastic Art Awards and Exhibition. Winning artists will be announced during an awards ceremony at RIT on Sunday, Feb. 4, at RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Selected entries will be on view at RIT’s Bevier Gallery, James E. Booth Building, from Feb. 4-20.

Eligible students come from approximately 200 schools in the 10-county Rochester-Finger Lakes region, including Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. One of the continuing sponsors of the Scholastic Art program is Sen. Jim Alesi, who secured $10,000 in state funding.

For more information, call Debbie Kingsbury at (585) 475-5154.

MEDIA NOTE: Coverage of 2007 Rochester-Finger Lakes Scholastic Art Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4— including interviews with students, teachers and program coordinators—is welcome. Parking is available in Lot D.