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Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
April 25 – May 24, 2015

Creativity and talent take center stage in this inspiring student exhibition produced in partnership with Hartford Public Schools. Join us as we celebrate the 42nd Hartford Youth Art Renaissance with a selection of artworks created by students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade on view at both the museum and Hartford Public Library.

The Hartford Youth Art Renaissance has fostered the future artistic leaders of Hartford since its establishment as a community art contest in 1973 and continues to do so as part of our Community Engagement Initiative, launched in 2008 with the goal of providing greater access to the museum.

2014 Awards of Recognition & Scholarship Winners

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the museum hosted an awards and recognition ceremony to honor students who participated in the 41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance. Mayor Pedro E. Segarra was in attendance to congratulate the student-artists. View photos from the ceremony.

High School Portfolio Award & Scholarship
Two high school students who demonstrated excellence in the portfolio division were selected by a team of art education leaders to receive a full scholarship to attend the Hartford Art School’s Summer High School Visual Arts Portfolio Program, a month-long experience of diverse studio course offerings and associated visits to the museum designed to further develop student portfolios for college admissions.

High School Portfolio Award Winners 
Mary Accurso
School: University High School of Science and Engineering
Grade 12
Art teacher: Guy Richters

Hae Reh
School: Journalism and Media Academy
Grade 12
Art teacher: Donna Frustere

Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra & Andres Reyes, Art Start Award winner

Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra & Andres Reyes, Art Start Award winner

Art Start Award
New in 2014, the Art Start Award recognized former Hartford Public School student and two-time Portfolio Award winner Andres Reyes for his exceptional artistic achievements. After participating in the Summer High School Visual Arts Portfolio Program, the Hartford Art School offered him a scholarship for the 2014-15 school year to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Art Start Award honored Andres’ acceptance into the Hartford Art School by providing art supplies and catalogues to jump start his academic success.

Awards of Excellence (K – Grade 12)
Samuel Carmichael
Abstract Portrait
School: R. J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
Grade 3

Shineyla Romero
Calm Winter’s Night
School: Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi School
Grade 6

Krystal Portela
Bennie the Cool Dragon
School: Environmental Studies Magnet School at Mary Hooker
Grade 8

Laymu Htaw
Braindance
School: Journalism and Media Academy
Grade 12

Thomas Ingram
Light into Dark
School: University High School of Science and Engineering
Grade 12

Hartford Art School Artist of Promise Award
France Parnther
Flying Fashion
School: Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School
Grade 1

Audience Favorite Award
Taylor Wilson
The Beautiful Flowers
School: Global Communications Academy
Grade 3

Student artworks from previous Hartford Youth Art Renaissance exhibitions are available here.