For Second Year in a Row, Archmere Art Students Sweep Scholastic Art Competition

For the second consecutive year in a row, Archmere art students have won more Gold Key awards and more individual awards than any other school in the state of Delaware, sweeping the 2022 Statewide Scholastic Art competition. Sixty-one Archmere Academy students have been recognized with 126 awards in 15 Art and Design categories and 3 Portfolio Awards, in the nation’s most prestigious and competitive contest for excellence in fine art. 
Work is evaluated based on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. Gold Key awards represent the top 5% of work entered into each category, Silver Keys represent the top 10%. All Gold Key award winning work now advances to the national level of the competition, where students will be eligible for additional scholarships, exhibition, and publication opportunities.

What’s Next for Award Winners:
  • A pre-recorded awards video presentation will be publicly released on February 12th
  • American Vision Art Award Decisions: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (American Visions are the pieces recognized as the Top 5 works in the state of DE, one will be the National American Visions Winner for Delaware, Top 50 in US)
  • An exhibit of Gold Key award winning work will be displayed at the Arts Center Gallery at Delaware State University in Dover, DE The exhibition will be on view January 24th - February 12th. During the exhibition, the Arts Center Gallery (ACG) will be open to the general community and they also plan to arrange, as Covid permits, special viewing opportunities and events. Details and information will be forthcoming to Gold Key recipients and their families.
  • All pieces awarded a Gold Key at the regional (state level) will advance to the national level for additional awards, exhibition, publication, and scholarship opportunities. National Medalists are typically announced in early May.
Archmere Academy 2022 Scholastic Art Awards by Category:

Portfolio Category - 3 Awards 
Category description: A series of 6 distinct works that communicate a single cohesive idea or visual investigation. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.

 - Ray Bellace ’22, Gold Key
 - Jocelyn Zavala-Garcia ’22, Silver Key
 - Bella Dayrit ’22, Merit Award

Architecture & Industrial Design - 3 Awards
Category Description: Building designs, landscape designs, interior designs, urban plans, or product designs. Can include 2D work such as hand-drawn sketches, computer-aided designs, blueprints, and floor plans, or 3D work such as handmade or 3D printed scale models, maquettes, or prototypes. Includes industrial design, plans for or models of structures, environments, systems, or products.
- Grace Chen ‘24, Silver Key
- Helen Qi ‘23, Silver Key
- Avery Ewing ‘22, Merit Award

Design - 6 Awards
Category Description: Art created for commercial or applied purposes. This includes graphic design work that has a defined use such as advertising or communications.

- Bella Reeves ’22, Gold Key
- Avery Ewing ‘22, Silver Key
- Liz Xu ‘24, Silver Key
- Camilo Alvarez ‘24, Merit Award
- Gab Mirenda ‘24, Merit Award
- Helen Qi ‘23, Merit Award

Fashion Design - 2 Awards 
Category Description: Articles of clothing or fashion accessories other than jewelry. 

- Helen Qi ‘23, Gold Key
- Bella Reeves ‘22, Merit Award

Drawing & Illustration - 35 Awards
​​Category Description: Art that is composed of marks made with a manual or mechanical instrument on a two-dimensional surface. Drawings include all renderings made by an instrument on a surface and may include formal, realistic, and/or abstract imagery. Illustrations are works that graphically depict a concept or subject. Either drawings or drawn illustrations may be submitted to this category.

- Nate Bustard ‘23 Gold Key, Merit Award
- Annie Dai ‘22, Gold Key
- Bella Dayrit ‘22, Gold Key
- Chinwendu Emedoh ‘23, Gold Key
- Bella Hughes ‘24, Gold Key
- Lauren McIntyre ‘22, Gold Key
- Carrie Wiig ‘24 Gold Key, Merit Award 
- Liz Xu ‘24, Gold Key
- Grace Yang ‘25, Gold Key (2)
- Jace Walker ‘25, Gold Key, Silver Key (2), Merit Award
- Lyla Bell ‘25, Silver Key, Merit Award
- Melissa Doig ‘25, Silver Key
- Ellie Kehagias ‘25 Silver Key
- Audrey Mahoney ‘23 Silver Key, Merit Award
- Jocelyn Zavala-Garcia ‘22 Silver Key, Merit Award
- Bella Dayrit ‘22, Silver Key
- Maura Read ‘25, Silver Key
- Helen Socorso ‘25, Merit Award
- Maddie McCarrin ‘24, Merit Award
- Kaia Yalamanchili ‘24, Merit Award (2)
- Helen Qi ‘23, Merit Award
- Sam Wahl ‘24, Merit Award
- Maya Granda ‘25, Merit Award (2)
- Julia Krajewski ‘25, Merit Award

Digital Art - 7 Awards
Category Description: Computer-generated artwork OR artwork captured digitally and heavily collaged or manipulated to produce a new image. The production of digital art relies heavily upon computer software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, GIMP, Macromedia Freehand, CorelDraw, or other graphics editing programs.

 - Patch Shields ‘23, Gold Key
 - Elena Proctor ‘22, Silver Key
 - Carina Rappucci ‘23, Merit Award
 - Alexa Mervine ‘23, Merit Award
 - Jocelyn Zavala Garcia ‘22, Merit Award (3)

Mixed Media - 10 Awards 
Category Description: Art made from more than one medium, usually with a three-dimensional element.

- Mandy Jiang ‘22 Gold Key, Merit Award
- Bella Dayrit ‘22, Silver Key
- Audrey Mahoney ‘23, Silver Key
- Chinwendu Emedoh ‘23, Silver Key, Merit Award
- Patch Shields ‘23, Merit Award 
- Kelsey Joyce ‘23, Merit Award
- Elena Proctor ‘22, Merit Award
- Camilo Alvarez ‘24, Merit Award
- Grace Chen ‘24, Merit Award

Printmaking - 4 Awards
Category Description: Work made by transferring ink from one prepared surface (plate, screen, etc.) onto paper or another flat surface.

- Jane Chen ‘24, Silver Key
- Holly Cannon ‘22, Merit Award (2)
- Michael Citrino ‘24, Merit Award

Film & Animation - 1 Award
Category Description: A sequence of moving images viewed with a monitor, television, or projector.

- Michael Citrino ‘24, Silver Key

Jewelry - 4 Awards
Category Description: Art objects worn for personal adornment.

- Helen Qi ‘23, Silver Key
- Grace Yang ‘25, Silver Key
- Bella Reeves ‘22, Merit Award
- Avery Ewing ‘22, Merit Award

Photography - 7 Awards
Category Description: Images captured by either an analog or digital camera.

- Gillian Hendrixson ‘23, Gold Key (2)
- Sydney Boyd ‘22, Gold Key
- Camilo Alvarez ‘23, Silver Key, Merit Award
- Zachary DiVito ‘24, Merit Award
- Reid Shields ‘23, Merit Award

Ceramics & Glass - 11 Awards
Category Description: Handcrafted objects made from ceramics or glass.

- Maddie Bell ‘23, Merit Award
- Nate Bustard ‘23, Silver Key, Merit Award
- Grace Chen ‘24, Silver Key, Merit Award
- Anna DiBona ‘23, Merit Award
- Alexandra Harrington ‘22, Merit Award
- Bella Hughes ‘24, Silver Key
- Analiese Jacobson ‘24, Merit Award
- Carsten Kaiser ‘24, Silver Key
- Patch Shields ‘23, Merit Award
- Riley Slowik ‘23, Silver Key

Expanded Projects - 1 Award
Category Description: Interdisciplinary work that is primarily driven by concept or invites participation by a viewer or community. Expanded Projects may include the documentation of live art, installation, research-based practices, or interactive visual art. Original work in this category will explore new genres, ideas, or experimental methods that could not be represented in other categories. The evaluation of technical skill may include both the way the work is documented and the conceptual background of the work in addition to the work’s construction. 

- Grace Chen ‘24, Silver Key

Painting - 24 Awards
Category Description: Art created by applying pigment to a two-dimensional surface.

- Ray Bellace ‘22, Gold Key
- Carrie Wiig ‘24, Gold Key
- Liz Xu ‘24, Gold Key
- Alex Passehl ‘23, Gold Key
- Bella Dayrit ‘22, Gold Key (2), Silver Key (2), Merit Award (2)
- Sabrina Saggesse ‘24, Silver Key
- Liz Xu ‘24, Silver Key
- Jace Walker ‘25, Silver Key
- Patch Shields ‘23, Merit Award
- Reid Shields ‘23, Merit Award
- Jace Walker ‘23, Merit Award
- Sophia Chen ‘24, Merit Award
- Chris DiLorenzo ‘23, Merit Award 
- Victoria Eastment ‘23, Merit Award
- Abby Garcia ‘23, Merit Award
- Beyonce Hu ‘22, Merit Award
- Elizabeth Maher ‘24, Merit Award
- Kelsey Joyce ‘23, Merit Award
- Lauren McIntyre ‘22, Merit Award 
- Jocelyn Zavala-Garcia ‘22, Merit Award (2)

Sculpture - 2 Awards
Category Description: Three-dimensional art objects created by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques that can have interactive qualities.

- Ray Bellace ‘22, Gold Key
- Brayden Smith ‘24, Silver Key

Congratulations to all of our amazing Archmere Artists & Designers!

Please peruse the impressive slideshow of art awards here
Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.