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Kenan Center exhibit showcases works by student photographers

For the 31st year, the Kenan Center in Lockport is presenting the Storrs All High Photo Show, featuring the work of high school students from across Western New York.

This year’s show opened Sunday at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St. in Lockport. It continues through Sunday, May 1. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

The 2016 winners are:

Best School Overall: Clarence High School

Best of Show, Student Processed: Emily Lontowski, Pembroke High School, untitled

Best of Show, Commercially Processed: Rainy Lu, Amherst High School, “Dreams Do Come True”

Black & White: Amanda Abers, Southwestern High School, “118 E. First Street”

Color: Allison Rigg, North Rose-Wolcott High School, “Rose Water”

Urbanscape: Manal Abaali, Amherst High School, “Dubai”

Landscape: Jake Lenartowwicz, Depew High School, “Akron Falls.”

Also, Floralscape: Abby Smith, Springville-Griffith High School, “Best Flower”

Portrait: Maya Lazar, Clarence High School, “Emerald”

Waterscape: James Rauch, Nichols School, “Down at Georgian Bay”

Computer Generated: Trevor Balbierz, Kenmore East High School, “Starry Night Reprise”

Still Life: Amber Eshelman, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, “Smoothie”

Journalism/Documentary: Alex Butler, Clarence High School, untitled

Sports: Amber Witzleben, Akron, “Be One with the Ball”

Architecture: Lauren Fenske, Lancaster High School, “Once it Was Shiny”

Animal: Abigail Nunn, Akron High School, “Look Through My Eyes”

NeXt Vision Award of Excellence: Gabrielle Russo, Sweet Home High School, “Fragile Strength.”

In addition, one student from each participating school was recognized with a merit award. Those students are:

McKenzie Frayne, Akron High School; Madison Jorgensen, Amherst High School; Erika Moeller, Barker High School; Leah Krammer, C.W. Baker High School; Abigail O’Brien, Cassadaga High School; Ariah Tocho, Cattaraugus Valley High School; Allison Greer. Clarence High School; Alyssa Fisher, Depew High School; Alex Edwards, Holley High School.

Also: Matt Stephany, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School; Emily Jepson, Kenmore East High School; Jacob Petkowsky, Kenmore West High School; Jessica Dimitrovski, Lancaster High School; Augusta Morgan, Lewiston-Porter High School; McKenzie Cerrone, Mount Mercy; Rumming Dai, Nichols School; Cassidy Minier, North Rose-Wolcott High School; Emily Dyson, Pembroke High School; Taylor Dewey, Southwestern High School; Koda Coleman, Springville Griffith High School; Lillie Shallowhorn, Sweet Home High School; Hanah Saviola, Tonawanda High School; Raquelle Raugh, Williamsville East High School; Valerie Garcia, Williamsville North High School; Miranda Cobo, Wilson High School.

The exhibit is named in honor of Lockport artist William Storrs, who passed away in 2005. An accomplished artist and longtime contributor to visual arts programming at the Kenan Center, Storrs was instrumental in starting the All High Photo Show, which was designed to showcase the photographic work of high school students throughout Western New York. Storrs was an active participant in the installation of the works as well as the awards presentation.

Juror for this year’s exhibit was photographer Dennis Stierer, retired staff photojournalist with Greater Niagara Newspapers and past president of the Buffalo Society of Artists.

Kenan Center House Gallery exhibitions are sponsored by M&T Bank, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild. Award support for this exhibit was provided by The Buffalo News/NeXt, the Buffalo Society of Artists, and individual sponsors.