ArtScene 2024: Unprecedented Creativity on Display at QACHS and KIHS! 

The massive crowd at ArtScene KIHS 2024
The massive crowd at ArtScene KIHS 2024


CENTREVILLE — ArtScene 2024, held at both QACPS high schools during the same week on different nights, turned out to be the largest shows to date. There was a tremendous outpouring of creative talent at both high schools, with the events taking place on Tuesday, April 23rd at QACHS and then on Thursday, April 25th at KIHS. Artworks from all fourteen schools, spanning K through 12, were featured, with awards distributed by art teachers, professional judges, and school principals. Packed crowds witnessed well over 500 works of art on display, and easily over 1,000 attendees filled both student shows.


Artworks encompassed a wide range of mediums, including 2-D drawings, paintings on paper and canvas, mixed-media works, 3-D found object sculptures, printmaking, and ceramics. Students also engaged in live art creation in front of the audience, with activities ranging from hot wax paintings, printmaking and drawings happening at QACHS, with students gaining experience selling art at both ArtScene shows. Anne Marie Thomas, a major award winner from QACHS, even had a “manager” accompanying her to track sales!

 

2-D Best of Show winner Anne Marie Thomas selling art at ArtScene QACHS 2024
2-D Best of Show winner Anne Marie Thomas selling art at ArtScene QACHS 2024


At KIHS, students demonstrated pottery throwing on wheels, oil paintings were being completed, clothing was being customized live, and incredible visual journals were exhibited at both schools for the crowd to get a private glimpse into their creative process. Food trucks, a new addition this year at KIHS, also became a huge hit with the bustling crowds!


ArtScene has become ‘the brand’ for the arts in Queen Anne’s County since its inception in 2019, and this year showcased unprecedented local, state, and national recognitions of student artists at all levels. Record-breaking scholarships have flourished out of the National Art Honor Societies (NAHS) at both schools. Students at both QACHS and KIHS have collectively surpassed the million-dollar mark under the leadership of NAHS chapter sponsors Stephanie Zeiler at QACHS and Andrea Schulte at KIHS, with combined totals exceeding the three million-dollar mark.

QACHS National Art Honor Society 2024
QACHS National Art Honor Society 2024
KIHS National Art Honor Society 2024
KIHS National Art Honor Society 2024


Stephanie Zeiler addressed the tremendous crowd at ArtScene QACHS, emphasizing the significance of these achievements. “These sixteen seniors alone have been offered $1,909,020 worth of scholarships. These kids are some of the most well-rounded, amazing individuals I’ve had the pleasure of teaching.”

Stephanie Zeiler presenting awards to the huge crowd at ArtScene QACHS 2024
Stephanie Zeiler presenting awards to the huge crowd at ArtScene QACHS 2024


At ArtScene KIHS, Andrea Schulte echoed similar sentiments as the KIHS art department honored a record-breaking thirty student artists who won a total of sixty-three Scholastic Art Regional Awards, which is the largest number of Scholastic Awards KIHS students have earned to date. Many also earned Gold Keys, advancing to the national competition, with the possibility of earning a trip to Carnegie Hall for the national medalists ceremony.


Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts, Michael Bell, commended the talented teens during his address to the crowd. “Andy Warhol, Amanda Gorman…these were Scholastic award-winning artists and poets when in high school. These students compete against one of the toughest Northeast Regions spanning from DC through New York City into Maine. I give our teachers and their students all the credit in the world for earning more and more awards each year.”

KIHS Scholastic Art Award Winners
KIHS Scholastic Art Award Winners


Both ArtScene shows had tremendous support from QACHS Principal John Schrecongost and KIHS Principal Dan Harding who took the time to take in all the artworks on display during the setup, and throughout the awards ceremonies, congratulating students and NAHS inductees.


Dr. Saelens, QACPS Superintendent of Schools, thought both shows were “simply amazing!” She and Dr. Kibler, newly appointed Assistant Superintendent of Schools, attended both shows to see all the incredible talent the students and teachers put out there on display for the public.

KIHS Art Department: Estelle Sczcerba - Andrea Schulte - Laquel Nenno
KIHS Art Department: Estelle Sczcerba, Andrea Schulte, and Laquel Nenno
QACHS Art Teacher Val Ortiz with ZuZu Kusmider, Astounding Assemblage award winner
QACHS Art Teacher Val Ortiz with ZuZu Kusmider, Astounding Assemblage Award Winner


A huge thank you to all QACPS Visual Arts Teachers for their incredible work, and to all principals who came out to also support ArtScene shows, hand out awards alongside their art teachers, and celebrate all the creativity on display.

CMS Art Teacher Jackie Jablecki with an award winner and Principal Tracy Kenna
CMS Art Teacher Jackie Jablecki with an award winner and Principal Tracy Kenna
KIES Art Teacher Allison Dorsey and Principal Cassandra Cornish with Elementary Award Winners
KIES Art Teacher Allison Dorsey and Principal Cassandra Cornish with Elementary Award Winners
GES Art Teacher Megan Spence at ArtScene KIHS
GES Art Teacher Megan Spence at ArtScene KIHS
CHES Principal Susan Walbert with Art Teacher Cassie Hosler and award winner
CHES Principal Susan Walbert with Art Teacher Cassie Hosler and award winner


Click here to view highlights from ArtScene QACHS
Click here to view highlights from ArtScene KIHS


ArtScene QACHS 2024 Award Recipients:


CES – Lucy Cvach, Grade 2, Art Teacher: Jennifer Mariano

  • Mrs. Farnell’s Principal’s Choice: Marcelo Torres, Grade 1

KES – Riley Roberson, Grade 5, Art Teacher: Garnette Hines

  • Mrs. Carey’s Principal’s Choice: Lily Mayer, Grade 5

SES – River Armiger, Grade 4, Art Teacher: Annie Agee

  • Mrs. McNeil’s Principal’s Choice: Rowan Joiner, Grade 1

CHES – Oliver Middleton, Kindergarten, Art Teacher: Cassie Hosler

  • Mrs. Walbert’s Principal’s Choice: Brice Calder, Grade 3

CMS Art Teacher: Jackie Jablecki

Brooklyn Phillips, Grade 6

  • Ms. Kenna’s Principal’s Choice: Sophia Thiess, Grade 6

Layla Rada, Grade 7

  • Ms. Kenna’s Principal’s Choice: Graham Stanton, Grade 7

Evelyn Orrison, Grade 8

SMS – Art Teacher: Vicki Bockmiller

Desmond Sanchez Whiteley, Grade 5

Abdy De Leon Ramirez, Grade 6

Anna Gray, Grade 7

Oliver Lahoda, Grade 8

  • Mr. Watkin’s Principal’s Choice: Olivia Pierce, Grade 8

QACHS – Art Teachers: Stephanie Zeiler (Dep’t Chair), Valerie Ortiz

“Best in Show 2-D”: Anne Marie Thomas, Grade 12

“Best in Show” 2-D Runner Up: Casey Johnson, Grade 11

Notable Narrative 2-D: Lilly Askew, Grade 9

Prestigious Portfolio 2-D: Anne Marie Thomas, Grade 12

Dynamic Use of Subject Matter: Iaera Kelley, Grade 10

Realism Rock Star: Emily Marvel, Grade 12

Amazing Abstract: Glendy Macario, Grade 10

Best Capture of Emotion: Sofia Vasquez, Grade 11

Commanding Clay Concept: Taylor Jones, Grade 10

Astounding Assemblage: ZuZu Kusmider, Grade 11

Master of Color: Ella Hines, Grade 9

Most Imaginative Use of Materials: Julia Reburn, Grade 12

Superior Symbolism: Dayce Chambers, Grade 12

Phenomenal Print: Julia Reburn, Grade 12

Mixed-Media Masterpiece: Keegan Cardoza, Grade 12

Best Emerging Artist: Elias Kehm, Grade 9

“Best is Show 3-D”: Melissa Candella, Grade 12

“Best of Show 3-D Runner Up”: Ewan O’Donnell, Grade 9

Prestigious Portfolio 3-D: Melissa Candella, Grade 12

Notable Narrative 3-D: Shawn Theiss, Grade 9

Creative Composition: Erin Baldwin, Grade 12

  • Mr. Schrecongost’s Principal’s Choice: Jenna Schaner, Grade 12


ArtScene KIHS 2024 Award Recipients:


KIES – Callahan Burkett, Grade 2, Art Teacher: Allison Dorsey

  • Mrs. Cornish’s Principal’s Choice: Dakota Garrison, Grade 1

BES – Addison Simpson, Grade 4, Art Teacher: Candace Brush

  • Ms. Welch’s Principal’s Choice: Stella Eaton, Grade 5

GES – Lucy Parks, Grade 5, Art Teacher: Megan Spence

  • Mrs. Tubman’s Principal’s Choice: Valentina Gurubatham, Grade 5

MES – Lily Minich, Grade 4, Art Teacher: Shannon Francis

  • Mrs. Mitten’s Principal’s Choice: Jade McConnell, Grade 5

MMS – Art Teacher: Brittney Feeley

Luna Shores, Grade 6

Jessica Busch, Grade 7

Evelyn Wiedefeld, Grade 8

  • Ms. Chamber’s Principal’s Choice: Yuna Matsui, Grade 8

STMS – Art Teacher: Holly Schrader

Cooper Eisenberg, Grade 6

Makena Perillo, Grade 7

Daphne Taylor, Grade 8

  • Dr. Schrecongost’s Principal’s Choice: Lorelei DeGour, Grade 8

KIHS – Art Teachers: Andrea Schulte (Dep’t Chair), Laquel Nenno, Estelle Szczerba

“Best in Show”: Rain Diederichs, Grade 12 and Alexandra Harris, Grade 12

Perseverance Award: Dante Capone, Grade 12

Best Use of Color 2-D: Ember Irwin, Grade 12

Best Use of Color 3-D: Ashley Salko, Grade 11

Best Narrative 3-D: Lillian Clark, Grade 10

Best Narrative 2-D: Brianna Gonzalez Rauseo, Grade 12

Best Persuasive Artwork: Olivia Valenti, Grade 10

Most Improved 3-D Artist: Emma Reeder. Grade 12

Best Print: Jackie Barnett, Grade 11

Best Architectural Design: Alana Van Ornum, Grade 10

Best Architectural 2-D: Emily Alt, Grade 12

Best in 3-D Studio 1: Paige Simons, Grade 9

Best in 3-D Studio Art Honors 2: Gabrielle Bernhard. Grade 12

Best in 3-D Studio Art Honors 3: Emily Miller, Grade 12

Best Wheel Thrown: Scott Fuller, Grade 12

Best Surface Treatment: Jay Zimmerman, Grade 12

Most Involved Build: Georgia Hines, Grade 12

Best Use of Upcycled Material: Charlotte Burkhart, Grade 10

Heartfelt Media MashUp Blur or 2-D 3-D: Mark Monroe, Grade 11

Best Sculpture: Van Delp, Grade 11

Best Description of Nature: Darcy Bouchat, Grade 12

Most Clear AP Sustained Investigation 3-D: Peyton Huber, Grade 12

Best Abstract Portrait: Owen Redding, Grade 9

Best in 2-D Studio 1: Sara Miles, Grade 10

Best in Honors 2-D: Elsa LaVoie, Grade 11

Most Clear AP Sustained Investigation 2-D: Brooke Register, Grade 11

Best Visual Journal: Chelsea Beatty, Grade 12

Best Capture of Emotion: Kyla Loar, Grade 12

Best Use of Design: Jackson Powell, Grade 12

Best Depiction of Nature: Grace Hartlove, Grade 11

Best Observational Drawing: Olivia Miller, Grade 9

Best Semester 1: Ray Gibb, Grade 10

Best Semester 2: Erin Sedora, Grade 11

Mr. Fix It: Phillip Knapp, Grade 12

Outside Box: Dalton Trimble, Grade 11

Best in Fundamentals of Art: Sabrina Stafford, Grade 9

Rising Rookie (Freshman 2-D) Jennifer Kelly, Grade 9

Rising Rookie (Freshman 3-D) Jacob Reeder, Grade 9

Best Creative Expression: Abigail Morin, Grade 9

Best Use of Mixed Media: Lucia Zaklin, Grade 9

Top 2-D Judges Award: Chelsea Beatty, Grade 12

Top 2-D Judges Award: Emily Alt, Grade 12

Top 3-D Judges Award: Georgia Hines, Grade 12

Top 3-D Judges Award: Dante Capone, Grade 12

Most Unique Sculptural Element: Madelyn Muller, Grade 12

KIHS Best of Show Award Winners Rain Diederichs and Lexi Harris
KIHS Best of Show Award Winners Rain Diederichs and Lexi Harris

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