High School Students honored at CGCC

HUDSON, N.Y. –  Seven area high-school students have been recognized for outstanding achievement in fine arts at Columbia-Greene Community College, at the 23 rd Juried Art Show opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Kate Menconeri, curator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Catskill, N.Y., served as this year’s official juror, and Yura Adams – faculty member and Foundation Gallery Director – selected the Director’s Choice award.

  • First prize was awarded to Nathaniel Austin of New Lebanon High School for his untitled acrylic painting,
  • Second prize to Zoe Homer of Red Hook High School for  Reaching , an acrylic on canvas,
  • and Third prize to Anan Zhou of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School for  My Grave Before Eighteen , a watercolor. 


  • Three Honorable Mentions were also awarded, to Dante DiGiovanni of Cairo-Durham High School for his digital photograph titled  Identity Crisis
  • Ciena Roe of Coxsackie-Athens High School for her untitled acrylic-on-vinyl record, and 
  • Hailey Rolon of Hudson High School for her untitled watercolor. 

  • The Director’s Prize was awarded to Sydney Newton of Chatham High School for her pencil and photography piece  A Window into the Soul.

Each year, the Fine Arts department at C-GCC invites students from local high schools to enter artwork and compete for monetary prizes. This year, students from 16 high schools participated, and their work is currently on display in the Foundation Gallery located in the Arts Center Theatre on campus, where it will remain until Friday, Feb. 22. Foundation Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Photo caption:

Winners at the opening reception of the 23 rd Juried Art Show at C-GCC, from left:  Sydney Newton, Zoe Homer, Anan Zhou, Hailey Rolon, Ciena Roe, and Dante DiGiovanni. Not pictured: Nathaniel Austin.


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