Congratulations and thank you to every artist who submitted a digital portfolio and personal statement for CPL's 2016-17 Teen Winter Challenge. The original art works were phenomenal, and the scope of personal reflections about art and process was incredible.
We wish every artist continued success, and have sent detailed notes about what we loved, as well as encouragement and ideas for future creative exploration to each and every artist who participated in the challenge.
And the Winners Are…
Our jury had an exceptionally difficult time selecting finalists with all the talent to consider, but, at long last, we are thrilled to announce our winners in two categories:
Senior Achievement Award
- Grand Prize Winner: Rosario B. ($500 scholarship)
- First Runner-Up: Jessica P. ($250 scholarship)
- Second Runner-Up: Brandon N. ($250 scholarship)
Young Artist’s Award
- Grand Prize Winner: Alexis S. ($100 gift card to Blick Arts Materials)
- First Runner-Up: Isabel Z. ($50 gift card to Blick Arts Materials)
- Second Runner-Up: Assata M. ($50 gift card to Blick Arts Materials)
Thank You to Our Jury!
We are grateful for the rich insights about the personal statements, various art techniques and opportunities for growth that our talented and thoughtful jury added to the Teen Winter Challenge. Thank you to each and every one of them:
- Ade Abioye of Chicago Public Library's Teen Services Department
- Christine Bespalec-Davis, Education and Programming Manager at the National Veterans Art Museum
- Hillary Cook, Assistant Director of Youth Programming at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Joel Javier, Education Manager at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
- Joshua Slater, Teen Programming Manager at Hyde Park Art Center
- Matt Egan of Chicago Public Library's Literature and Language Department
- Robin Willard of Chicago Public Library's Teen Services Department
- Sasha Neri of Chicago Public Library's Maker Lab and General and Information Services Department