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Ten Bronx Art Students Win National Scholastic Awards

“Incognito” by Nicole Chow of Millenium Art Academy. This photograph won a Gold Key and will be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning next month.

by Gary Axelbank

February 26, 2019

Ten students from the Milenum Art Academy (MAA) in the Stevenson HS campus on Lafayette Avenue have received National Scholastic Art awards for their excellent work. One of those students, senior Nicole Chow who is a photographer, won a Gold Key, which means her work will be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from March through May.

According to MAA Art Teacher Laura Blau this level of the National Scholastic Art awards are a regional competition for the whole New York metropolitan area with Gold Key winners getting into the national contest. She considers MAA’s acheivement of having 14 pieces selected out of approximately 11,000 submitted to be a considerable achievement.

“The kids work really, really hard,” she told thisistheBronX. “They are competing with everybody in New York City, including the specialized art high schools and a lot of these students don’t always get all four years of art.”

“In the Leaves” by Anthony Cortes Duran an MAA 11th-grader won a Silver Key in the National Scholastic Art competition.

According to Ms. Blau, many of the MAA art students work on their own. For example, 11th-grader Anthony Cortes Duran, who won a Silver award comes into the art class during his gym class every day and then he even brings his work home.

“Mother Nature Africa” – a 3D mixed media book by Victoria Agoha (grade 10) won honorable mention

“There’s this sense of dedication that they bring to their work,” she said. “It stands out from their peers and makes their work stand down in the greater competition setting.”


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