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LI's Best Juried Exhibition

Features and Awards WWHS Artists

Congratulations to Walt Whitman artists Bianca Santaromana and Carlos Alfaro whose work was chosen to be included in the prestigious Long Island's Best Juried Exhibition at Heckscher Museum!  Carlos became the recipient of the most amount of awards offered from the exhibition, including the Heckscher Achievement Award, the Donald and Gloria Horn Scholarship Award, as well as the 25th Anniversary Bianchi Scholarship Award in Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2021!

Now in its 25th year, Long Island's Best is a hallmark of the Museum's educational programming. This initiative is the only juried exhibition for Long Island high school students that provides the opportunity to exhibit in a museum.

The Heckscher Museum encourages students to think outside the box as they work within a broad range of media development, artistic measures, and chosen subjects. Students are challenged to select artwork on view in the Museum as the inspiration for their own work, making creative connections with preceding generational works. This year, 56 public and private schools submitted students' artwork for jurying and critique. Three hundred and thirty-one entries were received and Curator Karli Wurzelbacher, Ph.D., and guest juror and artist Melissa Misla selected 83 for display.

“This is such incredible work!” expressed Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Dave Bennardo. “Thank you to our wonderful teachers for nurturing these talents.” Deputy Superintendent Dr. Joseph Centamore extended his congratulations to our students and teachers as well, sharing that “the creative talents of our students and wonderful instruction and mentoring from our staff continues to be a source of pride for the district and community. Congratulations to all!” Art teachers Ms. Erica Raji and Ms. Gina Tinucci, whose students are featured in the Heckscher exhibition, are both extraordinarily proud of their students' achievements and look forward to seeing more inspiring work from them as they continue to grow as artists.

While Carlos has received 3 awards from the prestigious showcase, two awards have not yet been determined. Museum visitors (both in-person and virtual) will choose the winners! Cast your vote for the Visitors Choice Award in the Museum and Virtual Visitors Choice Award at through May 23rd. Winners will be announced on May 25th.

Pictured above is Bianca’s piece, titled Window, which was inspired by Doug Reina’s Shack from the Long Island Biennial 2020 exhibition. Bianca was inspired by the artist’s use of strong shadows and highlights to create the illusion of depth. Bianca wanted to depict the color changing on a surface when either exposed to or deprived of light in her oil pastel drawing Window.

Pictured above is Carlos’ piece, The Village, which was inspired by artist Thomas Germano’s oil painting, Bronx. Carlos’ piece, created using alcohol markers, was inspired by the way Germano includes details within his paintings. His detailed work transported Carlos into his painting of the Bronx. “I like the colors that he used to create a powerful sense of atmosphere and mood as day turns into night,” Carlos expressed in his artist statement. “His painting inspired me to draw my version of the well-known, often visited hangout, Huntington Village. I hope that people who have not yet visited this place can enjoy it by looking at my artwork and that my work gives them a happy, calm, or even inspiring feeling. The Village captures a place to visit and spend time enjoying life in a local setting where memories are made.”

Of the 331 works of art submitted, their artwork is among the 83 that have been selected to be in the exhibition from April 17 – May 23. Congratulations to both Bianca and Carlos on being featured in this prestigious exhibition!



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