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Arts Alive LI 2015 Poster Contest Grand Prize Winner Announced

2015 Arts Month Master Poster

Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller; Roger Tilles, NYS Regent; Catríona DiNero, Grand Prize Winner; heresa Statz-Smith, Executive Director LIAA

Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller; Roger Tilles, NYS Regent; Catríona DiNero, Grand Prize Winner; Theresa Statz-Smith, Executive Director LIAA

Catríona DiNero of Connetquot High School is the Grand Prize Winner in the Arts Alive LI 2015 Poster Contest. Ms. DiNero’s creative and colorful design was chosen from more than 165 submissions by judges that included artists, museum curators and arts educators. “Art has always been a part of who I am; it’s as important to me as breathing…This contest gave me a chance to show my love for Long Island, my home, which is as much a part of my life as art,” writes Catríona.  CLICK HERE for FULL PRESS RELEASE

The Grand Prize includes a $300 Gift Certificate from the Long Island Arts Alliance, which will be presented to Ms. DiNero by Roger Tilles at the Arts Alive LI 2015 Press Conference in September. The press conference will be held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, NY.

Cash Prizes will also be awarded to the First Place winners in each category and a certificate of participation will go to all:

  • Pre-K-Grade 5
    • FIRST PLACE: Cassidy DeRosa of Hewlett Elementary School in Hewlett
    • SECOND PLACE: Xiaoya Huang of Burr Intermediate School in East Northport
    • THIRD PLACE: Stella Fratti of Odgen Elementary School in Valley Stream
  • Grades 6-8
    • FIRST PLACE: Kathryn Fligstein of Northport Middle School in Northport
    • SECOND PLACE: Samuel Brugger of Stewart Manor School in Stewart Manor
    • THIRD PLACE: Christopher Jean-Pierre of Our Lady of Lourdes in West Islip
  • Grades 9-12
    • FIRST PLACE: Brittany Bauman of Jericho High School in Jericho
    • SECOND PLACE: Ho Jung (Grace) Park of Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills
    • THIRD PLACE: Mabel Ye of Babylon Jr. Sr. High School in Babylon

All winning posters will become part of the 2015 Arts Alive LI Commemorative Poster Series and will be on exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum in October. “It is our hope that many of our region’s talented student artists will view this as an opportunity to participate in Arts Month and be featured in their first museum exhibition,” said Theresa Statz-Smith, Executive Director, Long Island Arts Alliance.

Long Island Children’s Museum President Suzanne LeBlanc announced news of the art exhibit at the Museum featuring the winning selections.  “At the Children’s Museum we believe that there is a vital need for public spaces to exhibit the creative works of our neighbors. Exhibiting the artwork of our community’s children is one way to encourage them to value and participate in the visual arts and develop the next generation of audiences for galleries and museums across Long Island.  Seeing their contemporaries’ artwork on display will serve as inspiration to all our visitors to keep the arts alive in their own lives.”

Arts Alive LI 2015 is presented by the Long Island Arts Alliance with additional support from MSC Direct, Bloomingdale’s and by a grant awarded to the Long Island Arts Alliance by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I ♥ NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.