2018-19 Teen Winter Challenge Results

Spring has arrived, and the Teen Winter Challenge results are finally in! This past winter, Chicago high school teens participated in our 4th annual Teen Winter Challenge. Teens were asked to submit a digital portfolio comprising an artist’s statement and three original pieces of work.

We received an overwhelming response of over 50 entries from teens all around our city. The talent possessed in this year's art competition was simply awe-inspiring from teens all around the city. Aspiring teen painters, photographers, graphic designers and poets submitted highly skilled portfolios. 

We’d like to thank the many mentors, educators and parents for their part in developing these young artists and for their continued support in making this important CPL initiative a huge success. Congratulations to our winners and to all of our Teen Winter Challenge participants!  

Here are the 2018-19 Teen Winter Challenge award recipients:   

Senior Achievement Award  

  • Grand Prize Winner: Tashauniel N. 
  • First Runner-Up: Ashira W.
  • Second Runner-Up: Tallulah C.  

Young Artist’s Award  

  • Grand Prize Winner: Owen Z.  
  • First Runner-Up: Alexis H.
  • Second Runner-Up: Corianna T.

Teen Winter Challenge Gallery Exhibition  

Thank you to the jury for their tireless efforts in selecting the winners for this competition: 

  • Ayana Chavis, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Jeff Lahassan, Artist/YOUmedia Mentor
  • Grace Needlman, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  
  • Kikomo Peggs, Photographic Artist/YOUmedia Mentor
  • Claire Reynes, Chicago Public Schools
  • Justin Shannin, Chicago Public Library
  • Moki Tantoco, National Veterans Art Museum 
  • Sasha Neri, Chicago Public Library’s Maker Lab and General and Information Services Department
  • Robin Willard, Chicago Public Library