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Kenan Center honors teen photographers at annual exhibit

For the 32nd year, the Kenan Center in Lockport presents the Storrs All High Photo Show, featuring 220 photos by students from 24 high schools from across Western and Central New York.

This year’s show opened Sunday with a public reception at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The exhibit continues through April 23.

Kenan Center House Gallery exhibitions are sponsored by M&T Bank, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, Kenan Quilters’ Guild and the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.

Award support for this exhibit was provided by the Buffalo News/NeXt, the Buffalo Society of Artists, and individual sponsors.

This year’s category award winners are:

• Best School Overall, Nardin Academy,
Alison Szymanski, teacher

• Best of Show, Student Processed,
Brianna Weissman, Nardin, 12th grade,
"These Shoes Were Made for Walking"

• Best of Show, Commercially Processed,
donated by The Buffalo News, Julie Ozga,
Cassadaga Valley, 12th grade, "Orchidaceae"

• NeXt Vision Award for Excellence,
donated by The Buffalo News,
Jordan Leonard, C.W. Baker, 11th grade,
"Dancing with Fire"

• Best Photojournalism/Documentary,
donated by The Buffalo News, Sean Murphy,
Amherst, 10th grade, "Encore"

• Best Black & White, Erin Radak,
Southwestern, 10th grade,
"Clearing Morning Fog"

• Best Color, Trisha Pickelhaupt,
Williamsville East, 12th grade,
"Child of Seasons"

• Best Urbanscape, Natalie Marinides,
Williamsville East, 12th grade,
"The Future"

• Best Landscape, Kari Morris,
Cassadaga Valley, 12th grade, "Bear Lake"

• Best Floralscape, Amelia Goodloe,
Nichols, 12th grade, Untitled

• Best Portrait, Ana Ocasio,
Sweet Home, 10th grade,
"Behind the Mind"

• Best Waterscape, Mallory Gross,
Barker Central, 11th grade, "Lake Ontario"

• Best Computer-Generated,
Maria Castellana, Sweet Home, 10th grade,
"400 Forest"

• Best Still Life, Theresa Campofelice,
Nardin, 12th grade, "My My Cherry Pie"

• Best Sports, Robby Bryant, C.W. Baker,
12th grade, "Tilted Horizons"

• Best Architecture, Trinity Mohr,
Amherst, 12th grade,
"Splinter in the Sky’s Eye"

• Best Animal, Ashley Genson,
Depew, 11th grade, "Olseau Bleu"

In addition, one student from each school was recognized with a merit award.

• Caroline Schaefer, Akron, Untitled

• Rainy Lui, Amherst, "Poison on Broadway"

• Eadie Fuerch, Barker, "Snowy Dream"

• Jake Brown, C.W. Baker, "90’s Plastic"

• Timothy Armstrong, Canisius, "Earth Food"

• Amanda Van Houten, Cassadaga Valley,
"Doll Face"

• Tatum White, Cattaraugus Little Valley,
"A Natural Pattern"

• Jacob Panzer, Clarence, Untitled

• Haley Lemke, City Honors, "Out of My Window"

• Natalie DiRienzo, Depew, "Amusement"

• Katharina Reisenbauer, Holley,
"In the Shadows"

• Matthew Schmidt, Kenmore East,
"Let You Worries Fly"

• Sam Evans, Kenmore West, "Teton."

• Hannah Mergi, Lewiston-Porter,
"The Reality Now"

• Taylor Hornberger, Nardin,
"Through the Woods"

• Hana Mamnoon, Nichols, "In the Bus"

• Samantha Levreault, North Rose-Wolcott,
"Into the Woods"

• Liberty Hager, Palmyra-Macedon,
"Shining Sticks"

• Janie Adam, Southwestern, "Rainbow"

• Gabrielle Russo, Sweet Home, "Silo"

• Richard Johnson, Tonawanda City,
"Crossing the Abyss"

• Cara Buonocore, Williamsville East, "Teenager"

• Madison Pellnat, Williamsville North,
"I Marched"

• Allisa Smith, Wilson, "April"

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, and was an active participant in the installation of the works as well as the awards presentation.

Juror for this year’s exhibit was Christopher Gallant, MFA. He is an authority on media production as well as a journalist, filmmaker and blogger, and now works as an associate professor in the Digital Media and Communication Department at Hilbert College.


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