Artist Theresa Gartland receives national acclaim – will be honored at Carnegie Hall

| March 26, 2014

Art - Theresa Gartland -1WEBSolanco student Theresa Gartland is being recognized as one of the top high school artists in the entire country, and she will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6! Theresa’s artistic talents and creativity have earned her two prestigious National Scholastic Art Awards – a National Gold Medal and a National Silver Medal! Solanco High School art teacher Candace Rakers said, “Theresa is the only national award winner from Lancaster County this year who is a multiple Art National Medalist, which makes this honor especially outstanding!” This year, the National Awards received a record-breaking 255,000 works of art and writing. ”Theresa is among the top 1% of students nationwide who were awarded national medals and identified by panels of prestigious arts professionals from across the country as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation,” Candace Rakers said.


This self-portrait has earned Theresa a distinguished National Scholastic Art Awards Gold Medal. Theresa is a junior at the high school. She said it took some time for her to comprehend the magnitude of her elite national recognition, and “shocked and grateful” is how she described her reaction.  After high school, Theresa plans to attend art school, perhaps the Maryland Institute College of Art or the Rhode Island School of Design. She said the national awards she has received “reaffirm that I really do want to go into art.”

The next photo is the Theresa Gartland self-portrait which has won a National Scholastic Art Awards Silver Medal.



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Theresa’s national award-winning work will be on exhibit opening June 6 in New York in the 2014 National ART.WRITE.NOW NYC Exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design at 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, and Pratt Manhattan Gallery at 144 West 14th Street. Theresa’s work will also be exhibited in the Scholastic Art & Writing online exhibition at as well as in upcoming national exhibitions curated by the National Awards’ Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Recently, Theresa’s highly-acclaimed art received prestigious recognition in both the Lancaster County Young Artists Awards, and in the regional Scholastic Art Awards. She received an Award of Excellence, a Gold Award, and three Silver Awards from the Lancaster County Young Artists Awards. The Scholastic Art Awards presented her with two Gold Awards and two Silver Awards.


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Solanco High School student Jani Hileman received the Scholastic Art Awards Portfolio Silver Award, which includes eight Portfolio Silver Award works, one Gold Award from the Lancaster County Young Artists (LCYA), four Silver Awards from the Scholastic Art Awards (SA), and three Honorable Mention from both the LCYA and SA. Shown is a Jani Hileman photograph, Fans.

Joshua Wolf received a Gold Award from both LYCA and SA and his work will be forwarded to New York for national adjudication.

Donelle Keeport received an Award of Excellence and two Gold Awards from LYCA.


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Ciana Malchione is the recipient of the Drawing from Life Award from LYCA. She was also chosen for a Gold Award and an two Honorable Mentions from LCYA. This is her self-portrait.

Solanco’s other Gold Award winning students are Lauren Little and Daulton Trout, each with one Gold Award from LYCA.

Following is a list of other Solanco students whose outstanding artistic talents have been recognized by the LYCA and/or SA:



Alex Furches, Colin Frey, Jorge Garnica (collaborative)   —   two Silver Awards (SA, LYCA)
Abigail Yoder   —   one Silver Award (LCYA), two Honorable Mention (SA, LYCA)
Emma Kreider   —   one Silver Award (SA), one Honorable Mention (LYCA)
Emily Marsh   —   one Silver Award (SA)
Michaela Trimble   —   one Silver Award (LYCA), one Honorable Mention (LCYA)
Amanda Herr   —   two Honorable Mention (LCYA)
Sarah Irwin   —   one Honorable Mention (SA)
Anna Shillen   —   one Honorable Mention (LCYA)
Abigail Dahms   —   one Honorable Mention (LCYA)
Zach Shaub   —   one Honorable Mention (LCYA)
Anna Graybill   —   one Honorable Mention (LCYA)
Adrienne Greenly   —   one Honorable Mention (LCYA)
Seon Jin Kim   —   one Honorable Mention (LCYA)
George A. Smith Middle School students Faith Rineer and Jacob St. Clair received Honorable Mention Awards. Faith, a 7th grader, received her award in cut paper mola, while 8th grader Jacob’s award was in pastel drawing.
Congratulations to all of those remarkably-talented Solanco artists on their noteworthy accomplishments!

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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