Questar III’s Maureen Squier poses with Jayli Capasso from Berlin CSD. Jayli placed second.

Questar III BOCES hosted the 35th Annual Juried High School Art Exhibit at its main offices in Castleton, NY on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Thirty-two artists representing ten area school districts and two Questar III schools submitted pieces for the show.

Averill Park CSD student Mikayla Malenfant received first place for her piece, “Let the Light In”.

Returning for her second year as a juror, Susan Grybas, a retired art teacher from Chatham Central School District, was tasked with reviewing each art piece. While she was unable to attend the reception, she left the following message for the student artists:

“Creating art is an affirmation of our humanity, a celebration of a shared world. This display of artwork demonstrates what incredible artistic talent there is in our school communities. We celebrate these young artists and their hard work. In addition, we appreciate and acknowledge the families and teachers, who encourage them.

“This exhibit demonstrates the use of various styles and interesting materials in drawing, painting, photography as well as clay and felt. A theme that plays throughout many of the pieces is – the eyes, whether they are human or animal, open or closed… an important image and symbol. The artist’s eyes experience this world and then incorporate their experiences in their artistic expression.

“May this exhibit and gathering today further support each artists’ continued exploration and development of their own individual form of expression. Each piece here is celebrated. This exhibit gives us the opportunity to enjoy each work of art’s beauty and message. Congratulations!”

Congratulations to all artists who were chosen for the show and to those who placed:

  • 1st Place: Mikayla Malenfant, “Let the Light In” – Averill Park Central School District
  • 2nd Place: Jayli Capasso, “Entangled” – Berlin Central School District
  • 3rd Place: Jade Stratton, “Capricorn” – Coxsackie-Athens Central School District
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Jasear Williams, “Me” – Questar III’s Robert H. Gibson Technical School/Albany City School District
    • Mikaela Crawley, “Windows of Insecurity” – Greenville Central School District
    • Gabriella Wendelken, “Blue and White Vase” – Ichabod Crane Central School District
    • Cori Batuk, unititled – New Lebanon Central School District

Art was submitted from the following schools: Averill Park Central School District, Berlin Central School District, Brunswick Central School District, Cairo-Durham Central School District, Catskill Central School District, Chatham Central School District, Coxsackie-Athens Central School District, Greenville Central School District, Ichabod Crane Central School District, New Lebanon Central School District, Questar III’s Robert H. Gibson Technical School (featuring Albany CSD, New Lebanon CSD, and Schenectady CSD), and Questar III’s Sackett Educational Center (featuring Troy CSD and Rensselaer CSD).

To view the online gallery from the exhibit, click here.

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