The Davis High School senior will receive the American Visions National Medal for digital art piece. José competed in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. A panel of creative professionals selected artists and writers for the various national awards.
His award-winning artwork “Line “Up is the culmination of his experience in the art program. Marilyn Venne is his art teacher at Davis High School. She is proud of her 17-year-old student. The piece won a Gold Key at the regional event. At the national event, the judges awarded his piece a Silver Award.
“José” has a bright future as a photographer,” said Venne. “This award is important for José’s future if he wants to continue as an photographer. Art schools across the country will definitely take notice.”
This June, “Line Up” and other pieces from around the country will be on display at Carnegie Hall. Attendees will view the pieces during a three-day national ceremony for the Scholastic award winners. José will receive both of his awards during the ceremony.
On June 11, the Empire State Building will be lit in gold, in honor of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ National Medalists.
This year, students entered more than 300,000 national submissions for the Awards. Only the top 1 percent art recognized at the national level.
José is one of 85 American Visions Medalists across all art media and is one of six Medalists in Texas this year.
This is not the first time an Aldine ISD has won at the national event. In 2014, Nimitz High student Jazzman Washington’s sculptor won the American Vision Award.
Alumni of the Awards include Zac Posen, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Stephen King, Truman Capote, Lena Durham, and Joyce Carol Oates. Other well-known folks include Ken Burns and Richard Linklater.
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