Young Artists Showcase

An exhibition of original work by high school artists

* The 2010 YAS was selected “Service Project of the Year” by Optimist International.

The Timonium Optimist Club each year recognizes and encourages talented young artists through an exhibit/competition that crosses school districts. Original, two-dimensional works of art are submitted by high schools – public, parochial and independent – in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Prizes are awarded in the categories of Photography, Drawing/Graphics and Painting/Mixed Media. All entries are featured in a public exhibit in March, which is Youth Art Month in Maryland.

The venue for the event is the Hereford Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, which places a special emphasis on the visual arts. The branch has ample wall space on two floors, a state-of-the-art hanging system and a busy flow of visitors to enjoy the art. The location is easily accessible from route I83 and offers free on-site parking.



Painting/Mixed Media

First Place: Andy Weinstein Grade 12, Gilman School
  Virginia Beach Teacher: Karl Connolly
  (Oil on canvas)  
Second Place: Cailie Zeidler Grade 12, Maryvale Prep
  Then and Now Teacher: Kim Kozak
  (Oil on canvas)  
Third Place: Deaton Fernandes Grade 12, Baltimore Polytechnic
  Vanitas Teacher: Matthew Adelberg
  (Oil on paper)  

Drawing/Illustration/Graphic Design

First Place: Maya Green Grade 12, Western H.S.
  Untitled Teacher: Casey Hegarty
  (Charcoal & pastel)  
Second Place: Emily Greenwald Grade 9, St. Paul’s School for Girls
  Digital Tunnel Box Teacher: Kim Speaks
  (Digital image)  
Third Place: Arabella Tiskiewic Grade 11, Maryvale Prep
  Self-Portrait Teacher: Kim Kozak

Photography/Photo Manipulation

First Place: Deja Tam Grade 11, Loch Raven H.S.
  Wall of Greenery Teacher: Alyssa Stokes
  (Digital photography)  
Second Place: Azana Wilson Grade 11, Institute of Notre Dame
  Anxiety Teacher: Shadell Segree
  (Digital photography)  
Third Place: Evan Pugh Grade 12, Calvert Hall College H.S.
  Rhythm of the Tracks Teacher: Jim Doyle
  (Digital photography)  

People’s Choice Award

  Carley Laue Grade 12, Maryvale Prep
  Self-Portrait with Bees Teacher: Kim Kozak
  (Oil on canvas)  

As one of the judges, I thoroughly enjoyed examining all the artwork in this exhibition of the Young Artists Showcase sponsored by the Optimist Club.  Deciding who should get awards was not only difficult, but because of all the diverse, skillful and thoughtful works by the talented participating students, selecting “winners” was somewhat arbitrary.   All the students, as well as their teachers, deserve credit for this wonderful exhibition. 

We are currently experiencing a challenging world.  It can be a stressful time or it could be a time for self reflection.  Creating art can be a diversion from the stresses of the moment. When one is not sure of  how to verbalize how they feel, art is a silent way to express it. Each artist, examining the same subject, interprets the situation with their own unique vision.  forcing an observer to understand diversity in the way others interpret the same situation. Even abstract art may seem like chaos, but it forces one to look for meaning in the chaos.  Once on canvas, art is as real as the outside world.

As I am sure the Optimists will agree, we will eventually return to a world in which we are all more comfortable.  We will find creative ways to get through this together. Art is the process of creativity. The pictures on the wall are a result of that art.  

Keep creating.

Norm Dubin

Young Artists Showcase Sponsors