35 High School Seniors, 11 “Ones to Watch,”
and 5 Students in the Pastel category were selected by Artist Neill Slaughter 


High School Award Winners who attended ceremony on March 9.  Photo: Tom Kochie

On Saturday, March 9, the Parrish Art Museum honored 51 young artists for their outstanding work that has been on view in the 2019 Student Exhibition. Selected from more than 250 high school student participants by Neill Slaughter, painter and retired professor of Visual Art at Long Island University, C.W. Post campus, the up-and-coming artists were celebrated at a ceremony at the Museum, where Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan and Slaughter presented Awards of Excellence to 35 Seniors, “Ones to Watch” Awards to 11 underclassmen, and five awards including a grand prize to artists working in pastel.


“In the best art there is a transcendence, whereby the viewer is emotionally moved or taken to another place by the artist’s interpretation,” said Slaughter, a practicing artist and professor for 40 years who has been the judge at several Student Exhibitions, “I think it is important that the artist’s intention is communicated as well.”


The ceremony began with opening remarks by Sultan and Slaughter. Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield announced the names of the winners, who came forward with their teachers to accept certificates. Refreshments were served at the event, which was open to the public.


In addition to awards for excellence for high school seniors, exhibiting high school juniors and seniors who are planning to pursue further study in visual art were considered for a single Pastel Award based on works in pastel that are included in the annual student exhibition. This award included a $2500 scholarship prize, which is made possible by the Art Spirit Foundation. Kaitlyn Driscoll, a Mattituck High School Senior, was selected by Slaughter to receive Art Spirit Foundation Pastel Award for her pastel on paper, Poor Rose. Four other students were given “Honorable Mentions” recognition for their work in that medium.


The Student Exhibition, a nearly 65-year tradition at the Parrish Art Museum that opened this year on February 9 and closed March 10, featured the work of more than 1,000 young artists from public, private, parochial, and home schools on Eastern Long Island. Participants in the Student Exhibition explore many traditional and non-traditional approaches to artmaking. Working with their art teachers and through art clubs in schools from Bellport to East Hampton and the North Fork, the students demonstrate enthusiasm and skill in diverse media including painting, sculpture, drawing, illustration, mixed media, printmaking, and photography.





  • Rachel Osborne, Fig.478, Fig,479, Ink on paper, East Hampton High School 


  • Marcie Hogan, Drapery, Conte, Eastport South Manor High School
  • Ryan Nelsen, Portrait, Pen and ink, Eastport South Manor High School 


  • Esteban Montes Jimenez, Untitled, Graphite on paper, Hampton Bays High School


  • Christina Tomao, Smile, Charcoal, Mattituck High School


  • Zoe Borghardt, Trumpet Still Life, Color pencil on paper, Miller Place High School


  • Will Grossman, Year of the Snake, Mixed media, Pierson High School


  • Olivia Bozuhoski, Butterflies, Marker on paper, Riverhead High School
  • Devyn Bishop, Anxiety, Charcoal, watercolor on paper, Riverhead High School


  • Jane Alavez, Untitled, Pen on bristol, Westhampton Beach High School  



Mixed Media
  • Pierce Houghton, San Francisco, Mixed media, Ross Upper School


  • Cassidy Canberg, Untitled, Acrylic on found poster, Westhampton Beach High School 



  • Sarah Tilstra, Circle Grid Overlap, Acrylic, Ink on paper, East Hampton High School 


  • Juliet Hecht, Skeleton, Oils Eastport South Manor, High School 
  • Maria Oswald, Still-Life, Watercolor Eastport South Manor, High School 


  • Lucas Woelk, Untitled, Acrylic paint on plexiglass, Pierson High School 


  • Elise Ferreria, Untitled, Acrylic on Masonite, Westhampton Beach High School 


  • Emily Barros, Two of a Different Kind, Acrylic paint, William Floyd High School 


Photography/Photo-Based Work
  • Kimberly Guschel, Occhi Freddi, Digital print on paper, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology
  • Mackenzie Joy Jenkins, An Alternate Reality, Digital print on paper, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology
  • Hailey Kline, Rediscovering, Self-Portrait, Digital print on paper, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology  
  • Kyle Renwick, Illumination, Digital print on paper, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology
  • Brandon Sanchez, Untitled, Multi-exposed Digital print on paper, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology


  • Nereida Toribio, Untitled, Digital Print on paper, Greenport High School 


  • Sophia Borzilleri, Untitled, Digital print on paper Pierson High School 
  • Carly Browngardt, Untitled, Digital print on paper Pierson High School 


  • Luna Wang, Untitled, Photo, Ross Upper School


  • Cian O’Neill, Untitled, Digital photography, Southampton High School 


  • Jennifer Villacis Zeas, Geometric Interface, Block print, collage, East Hampton High School


  • Jensen Rowen, Homage to my Father, Woodcut, Ross Upper School


3-D Work
  • Sabrina Schumacher, Heart, Ceramic, Eastport South Manor High School 


  • Annie Finnegan, Self-portrait, Paper quilling, Mattituck High School 
  • Sophie Stapon, By the Sea, Ceramic, Mattituck High School 


  • Rolfy Caal, Untitled, Yarn weaving, Southampton High School  
  • Riplee Mercer, Wooden Toothpick Sculpture, Wooden toothpicks, Southampton High School 



Art Spirt Foundation Pastel Award


Winner, $2,500 Award
  • Kaitlyn Driscoll, Poor Rose, Pastel on paper, Mattituck High School  


Honorable Mention
  • Caroline Slovensky, Sun Sisters, Chalk pastel, Bellport High School


  • Zane Musnicki, Natural Contrasts, Pastel on wallpaper, East Hampton High School 


  • Vicky Jiang, A Blooming Adventure, Pastel, William Floyd High School 
  • Lorraine Wimpelberg, Build the Life of a Shelter Dog, Pastel on wood, William Floyd High School 



Ones to Watch
  • Mariz Baslious, grade 10, Katy, Digital print on paper, Bellport High School 
  • Courtney Gerard, grade 11, Yellowstone, Digital print on vellum with gold leafing, Bellport High School 
  • Dream Smith, grade 10, Bangtan, Pencil on paper, Bellport High School 
  • Cailey Ziegler, grade 10, Dancer, Digital print on paper, Bellport High School 


  • Miles Clark, grade 10, Untitled, Acrylic on paper, Bridgehampton High School 


  • Jennifer Calle, grade 11, Female Torso, Wire, East Hampton High School 
  • Han Le, grade 11, Untitled, Digital print on paper, East Hampton High School 
  • Andy Ngo, grade 11, Untitled, Digital print on paper, East Hampton High School 


  • Amanda Piecora, grade 11, Glassware on Black Paper, White and black Charcoal on paper, Miller Place High School 


  • Gabrielle Manzello, grade 11, Juxtaposition, Digital print on paper, Riverhead High School
  • Viktoria Skobodzinski, grade 10, Forest Clear, Wool, soap, water, Riverhead High School 



The 2019 Student Exhibition and accompanying programs are supported in part by property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and Tuckahoe Common School District.

The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Patricia and David Rung; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Town of Southampton. Special thanks to the Art Spirit Foundation. Additional support for the Parrish education programs is provided by the Museum’s annual Spring Fling and Midsummer Party benefit events.


Parrish Art Museum 


Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world. 



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