Friday, April 6, 2012

Wells High School Senior Wins at National Art Competition


Patrick Menard, a senior at Wells High School, recently learned that he is the recipient of the Silver Medal award from the prestigious Alliance for Young Artists and Writers for one of his winning entries in the regional 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Several weeks ago, Menard received two Gold Keys in the contest. One award was for a digital photograph in the Mixed Media category, the other for his design of a video game in the newly created video game category. Receiving a Gold Key qualified him to move forward and compete at the national level, where he received the Silver Award for his photograph, entitled “Spectre.”

Over 200,000 works of art and writing were submitted. About 11 percent of those entries will recieve gold or silver medals.

On June 1, Menard will be honored with other talented young artists at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

While in New York, Menard will have an opportunity to meet art and writing professionals and view the work of his contest peers. He will also be able to participate in a number of showcase events at Parsons School for Design.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards has been recognizing and presenting awards to talented teenage artists since 1924. Previous winners include Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Redford.

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers was founded in 1994 to provide national recognition for Gold Key recipients in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Photo Caption: Patrick Menard in art class at WHS, holding a photograph that received a national Silver Award from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. (Courtesy Photo)