Winners of the 29th Annual Silvermine School of Art Student Exhibition Announced

The winners have been announced for the 29th Annual Silvermine School of Art Student Exhibition, which will be held at Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan through Saturday, June 22.

Painter Mary Padilla, of Armonk, NY, won the Best Show award for her oil on canvas “The Rooster – Tribute to Soutine.”

Artists and their families and friends gathered for the opening and awards ceremony on June 2. The “student exhibition” encompasses all ages and levels and includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, photography and mixed media.


During the annual awards ceremony, Art School Principal Anne Connell presented awards to the winning students in three categories: Adult, Youth (11-17) and Junior (5-10 year).

“Some of the students are new to the School of Art; others, many in the junior and youth classes, have studied at Silvermine for years,” Connell said in a press release. “This exhibit is our chance to showcase the excellent and incredibly diverse work of the Silvermine student body.”

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Here is the list of winners:

Mary Padilla, Armonk, NY, Best in Show; Dahlia Tomei, Bridgeport, 1st Prize in Sculpture, Junior; Jan Dilenschneider, Darien, 1st Painting Prize; Lachlan Blair, Darien, 1st Prize Ceramics, Junior; Sawyer Blair, Darien, Honorable Mention Ceramics, Junior; Quinn Hughes, Darien, 1st Prize Ceramics, Youth; Azar Bhjati, Easton, Jerry’s Artarama Award; Barbara March, Fairfield, honorable mention jewelry; Deborah Kouzoukian, Fairfield, Mixed Media Honorable Mention; Steve Magee, Fairfield, honorable mention in painting; William Katis, Fairfield, 1st prize in drawing, junior; Hanna Gnibus, Fairfield, Jerry’s Artarama Award; Kate Lemmers, Milford, Honorable Mention Engraving; Matthew Kasper, Monroe, honorable mention in drawing, youth; Rosemary Aladdin, New Canaan, 1st Prize Digital Image; Matt Thomas, New Canaan, 1st prize in sculpture; Eva Levine, New Canaan, Jerry’s Artarama Award; Alison Stiles New Canaan, 1st Mixed Media Prize, Junior; Cole Candee, New Canaan, honorable mention painting, junior; Beckett Walters, New Canaan, 1st Prize Sculpture, Youth; Natalie Frank, New Canaan, honorable mention painting, youth; Waverly Walters, New Canaan, Honorable Mention Photography, Youth; Charlie Harrison, New Canaan, Honorable Mention Sculpture, Youth; Marc Suvall, New Rochelle, NY, Jerry’s Artarama Award;

Elizabeth Madden, Newtown, honorable mention Collage; Mary Moross, Norwalk, 1st prize for drawing; Ganga Duleep, Norwalk, Honorable Mention Sculpture; Madeleine McGivney, Norwalk, honorable mention Ceramics, Youth; Maya Braun, Pound Ridge NY, 1st Prize Collage, Junior; Angela Rustici, Ridgefield, 1st Prize Mixed Media; Jennifer DiLaura, Ridgefield, digital image honorable mention; Wendy Klein, Southport, 1st Prize Printmaking;

Nancy Spaulding, Stamford, 1st Prize Ceramics; Simonetta Morrison, Stamford, 1st Prize in Photography, Richard Uva, Stamford, 1st Prize in Carpentry; Lois Dreyer, Stamford, honorable mention photography; Leon Shapiro, Stamford, woodworking honorable mention; Maria Halynski, Stamford, 1st prize in painting, junior; Chloe Zanga, Stamford, 1st prize in drawing, youth; Jill Miller, Weston, 1st prize jewelry; Saunder Covell, Weston, honorable mention in drawing, junior; Karen McIver, Westport, 1st Prize Collage; Emalou Rausen, Westport, Jerry’s Artarama Award; Debbie Smith, Westport, honorable mention Ceramics; Emily Blundell, Westport, drawing with honorable mention; Daniel Lemberg Westport, Honorable Mention Mixed Media, Junior; Stella Dubin, Wilton, 1st Prize Collage, Youth; Aishani Walia, Wilton, 1st Prize Painting, Youth; Izzy Mouracade, Wilton, 1st Prize Photography, Youth.

Joseph Fucigna was a member of the exhibition jury. A practicing sculptor known for transforming common industrial materials into unique three-dimensional abstraction, Fucigna also directs the art department at Norwalk Community College, where he teaches. He earned a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and has taught at CNC since 1988. Michele Marshall has served as the School of Visual Arts Student Exhibit Chair Art 2019.

Silvermine Arts Center is an award-winning non-profit community organization that encourages, promotes and fosters arts and educational initiatives. The Silvermine School of Art offers classes for all ages and skill levels, from beginners to professional artists.

Silvermine Center for the Arts, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. 203-966-9700.

Kayleen C. Rice