Bay View Students Earn Top Honors at Scholastic Art Awards Competition


Ten St. Mary Academy - Bay View students earned Gold Keys, Silver Keys, and Honorable Mention in the RI Scholastic Art Awards competition this month. The winners were honored at an awards ceremony on February 3rd at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. An exhibition of Gold and Silver Key award-winning artwork will be on display at the Dorrance Hamilton Gallery in the Antone Academic Center from February 3rd through February 17th.

Emily O'Hearn, a freshman, was one of just five students from across the state to be selected as an American Visions nominee for her sculpture piece. The sculpture was created under the direction of Bay View Visual Arts teacher Jean Petisce-Lynch, who in the last four years has had two students go on to win a national award. American Visions nominees are considered the "Best in Show" in the state, they receive Gold Keys and are sent to the National Scholastic Art Competition in New York to compete with other American Visions nominees in the country.

St. Mary Academy - Bay View Visual Arts Department Chair Mary-Jane Andreozzi celebrated Bay View's tremendous showing saying, "I am very proud of all our students' creative talents. It's always rewarding to see them receive recognition in the community. I would also like to recognize and thank our Art Department faculty, Margaret Harris and Jean Petisce-Lynch, for their dedication and hard work throughout the year."

In addition to Emily's award, two Bay View students earned Gold Keys, one earned Silver, and six earned Honorable Mention.

The following are Gold and Silver Key winners from Bay View:
Emily O'Hearn - Gold Key for Sculpture - American Visions Nominee (Grade 9)
Sophia Cambio - Gold Key for Jewelry (Grade 10)
Emma Leary - Gold Key for Digital Art (Grade 9)
Gabriela Valotto - Silver Key for Sculpture (Grade 9)

Honorable Mention:

Faith Blais - Sculpture (Grade 9)
Clara Cruz - Art Portfolio, Sculpture, Painting (Grade 12)
Orla Feld - Sculpture (Grade 9)
Lily Gucfa - Art Portfolio (Grade 12)
Katherine Keating - Drawing (Grade 11)
Zoha Muqudas - Mixed Media (Grade 11)