Artist/Professor Neill Slaughter selected 40 Seniors and 13 “Ones to Watch”

Pierson Senior Ava Albinson, one of 40 recipients of the Award of Excellence, with her photograph, Interior.  Photo: Tom Kochie


The Parrish Art Museum in honoring 55 young artists for their outstanding work on view in the 2020 Student Exhibition. Selected from more than 300 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 and their teachers were notified March 13. Slaughter presented Awards of Excellence to 42 Seniors, and “Ones to Watch” Awards to 13 underclassmen


The exhibition, which opened on Saturday, March 7 with receptions for all of the students, their families, and the community, and was scheduled to be on view through April 19, closed on March 13 due to the closure of the Museum in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Museum recorded a guided tour of the exhibition with Director Terrie Sultan and Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield that will be presented in a live online event on Friday, March 27, at 5pm. (The public may join the event at https://zoom.us/j/374820198. Following the live event, the program will be available on the Parrish website.)


“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 Student Exhibition, a nearly 65-year tradition at the Parrish Art Museum, featured the work of more than 1,000 young artists from Eastern Long Island schools. Celebrating youthful imagination and boundless creativity, this important aspect of the Museum’s programs was enhanced this year by Artist-in-Residence workshops with three participating artists in the Museum’s exhibition Artists Choose Artists: Irina Alimanestianu, Scott Bluedorn, and Bastienne Schmidt.







  • Isabella Alfasi, Westhampton Beach
  • Audrey Barry, Bellport
  • Jessie Boskamp, Westhampton Beach
  • Sofia Brixius, Westhampton Beach
  • Victoria Havens, Eastport South Manor
  • Madison Kelly, Riverhead
  • Jonas Kinsey, Shelter Island
  • Daria Matuznaia, Ross
  • Jillian Orr, Mattituck
  • Amanda Piecora, Miller Place
  • Jayda Rivera, William Floyd


Mixed Media/Collage

  • Alexandra Dayton, East Hampton
  • Julia Gammon, Mattituck
  • Tristian Halsey, Hampton Bays
  • Griffin Masarik, Eastport South Manor
  • Ruby Yassen, Pierson



  • Nickolas Foglia, Eastport South Manor
  • Liam Huberty, Bridgehampton
  • Jaclyn Nguyen, William Floyd
  • Caraline Oakley, Southampton
  • Billy Wacha-Waste McNeill, William Floyd



  • Ava Albinson, Pierson
  • Tycho Burwell, Ross
  • Hannah Esquenazi, Ross
  • Sofia Gannon, Bellport
  • Armani Gordon, East Hampton
  • Sam Porsche, Bellport
  • Ashley Schnaars, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology
  • Antonia Schnitzler, Ross
  • Marrik Whitaker, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology



  • Gianna Ekstra, Pierson
  • Xinyan Chi, Ross


Graphic Design/Digital Media

  • William Minchala, East Hampton



  • Jennifer Calle, East Hampton
  • Andrea Diaz, Southampton
  • Orion Gianis, East Hampton
  • Madison Hawkesworth, Southampton
  • Caleigh Hochstedler, Southampton
  • Milan Moraga, Hampton Bays
  • Taylor Normandin, Riverhead
  • Fredy Pedro Velasquez, East Hampton
  • Brett Walsh, Mattituck



  • Victoria Angular-Perez, Bellport
  • Emelia Baltz, Pierson
  • Nicole Bolotova, William Floyd
  • Trinity Brown, Bellport
  • Kate Connelly, Eastport South Manor
  • Emmet Harrington, East Hampton
  • Asha Hokanson, East Hampton
  • Olivia Nicoletti, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology
  • Luna Paucar, Bridgehampton
  • Bazzy Quigley-Dunning, Shelter Island
  • Kyle Tobias, William Floyd
  • Jake Whitney, Shoreham-Wading River
  • Olivia Zaturn, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology



The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Milford D. and Janice B. Gerton; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Joseph M. Cohen; Long Island Community Foundation; The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation; Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth 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, and the Book Club Friends of Martha Scriven Campanella.


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. 



Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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