Students Honored With Gold and Silver Keys at Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards

Alone_at_Home_Yoyo_Zhang '24

Four student-artists from The Frederick Gunn School were selected to participate in the annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. Their work will be featured through February 3 at the Donald and Linda Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford.

In addition to being selected for the exhibit, Gunn students earned a total of eight awards, including Gold and Silver Keys and Honorable Mention Awards, in four separate categories. An awards celebration will be held Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m. in the University of Hartford's Lincoln Theater.

Congratulations to the following students:

Yoyo Zhang ’24 was awarded a Gold Key in Photography for “Alone at Home,” and a Silver Key in Photography for “Fictional Life.”

Lucy Sanchez ’23 was awarded a Gold Key in the Jewelry category for her work, “Permanent Sunflower,” and she received an Honorable Mention Award in Jewelry for “The Dragonfly at Rest.”

Jenny Shen ’23 was awarded a Silver Key in Mixed Media for “Exploring,” and she received an Honorable Mention Award in Mixed Media for “Ocean Bottom.”

Joanna Jin ’24 was awarded two Honorable Mention awards in Painting for her work, “Sinking” and “Morning Path.”

As Gold Key recipients, Zhang and Sanchez will see their work automatically considered for national awards, including Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Silver Medal, and scholarship awards.

All four students have been enrolled this year in the Technique & Artistry co-curricular program with Visual Arts Chair Andrew Richards P’20 ’23, and Zhang is a student in A.P. Studio Art, a yearlong course that is equivalent to that of an introductory college course in studio art. Sanchez also studies metalworking and jewelry making with Julie Czerenda, director and educator at ART Experience in New Milford.

Art students from public, private, and parochial schools across the state were invited to submit their work to the 2023 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards program. Work was selected for the exhibit by a panel of professional artists and university art faculty in 17 categories. The Silpe Gallery is located inside the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, at 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m., through February 3.



Additional Images

In the Jewelry category, "The Dragonfly at Rest" (left) received an Honorable Mention Award, and "Permanent Sunflower" (right) won a Gold Key. Both pieces are the work of Lucy Sanchez '23.

Fictional Life_Yoyo Zhang '24

Top: "Alone at Home" by Yoyo Zhang '24 won a Gold Key in Photography in the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards.

Above Zhang's photograph titled "Fictional Life" won a Silver Key.

Exploring_Jenny Shen '23

"Exploring," by Jenny Shen '23 was awarded a Silver Key in the Mixed Media category.

"Ocean Bottom" by Jenny Shen '23 received an Honorable Mention Award in the Mixed Media category.

Sinking_Joanna Jin ’24

"Sinking," a painting by Joanna Jin ’24, receiving an Honorable Mention Award.