Congratulations to Joseph Hulbert and Veronica Chamberlain, regional award-winners in the 2015 Scholastic arts competition. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the largest annual art competition in the nation and the largest source of scholarships and recognition for artists and writers in grades 7-12th. Art Teacher Brookley Spanbauer submitted the art and prepared it for the competition.
Groton 11th grade student Joseph Hulbert won a Silver Key Award for a crafted metal guitar sculpture. When interviewed, Joseph was asked what his thoughts were when his teacher, Mrs. Spanbauer, told him that he had won an award. “I thought she was kidding around. I didn’t think it was actually going to win” Joseph explained, “I don’t honestly take my work too seriously…at the time I was really into taking apart bikes and putting them back together…and at the same time I was learning how to play guitar. It was just putting the two together (that) really interested me. I think it turned out pretty well.”
Another of Spanbauer’s students, 12th grader Veronica Chamberlain, won Honorable Mention for a mixed media piece featuring an ink figure contrasted against book pages. Veronica was excited about her win. “I really like how it came out … its one of the best things I think I’ve done… I was really confident about it, but I was still surprised it got in.” Veronica modestly added “I like doing art so I know I’ll continue.” Another piece of Veronica’s artwork in a similar style was also chosen for exhibition and shown locally during a winter arts competition at the Groton Gallery.
The regional New York/Pennsylvania Scholastic arts competition is coordinated by the Arnot Art Museum. Highest-rated pieces move on to the national competition, which will be exhibited in the spring. All of the regional award-winning art will be displayed at the Arnot Art Museum through the month of February. The exhibition will run from February 3rd until March 6, 2015 during normal museum hours.