exhibition

2022 High School Exhibition: Identity

The theme of this year’s annual high school exhibition is IDENTITY. Identity encompasses the memories, experiences, relationships, and values that create one’s sense of self.

Each student submitted one entry of either a drawing, painting, digital/graphic image, photograph, sculpture or video that explores the theme of Identity. All high school students were eligible and welcome to submit. The works can be viewed at the Museum and are also showcased in the online gallery below.

The exhibition is on view from January 28 – March 12, concurrent with The Westport Idea exhibition.


Because we received close to 200 entries, it will take us some time to load all of the works to the online gallery. Please be patient as we build the site; the online gallery will showcase all student works by January 28.

view the works

Online Gallery

Mackenzie Boolbol
My Australian Meaning
Greenwich High School, Greenwich Connecticut
12th grade, 17 years old

Identity is what makes up our own personal characteristics and personality. It’s what makes us different and gives us a story to share.
$25

Baker Charbonnet
Words Lose Weight
Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY
12th Grade, 18 years old

As a woman with ADHD, I suppressed my identity for a lot of my life because when I did not, I was reduced to the labels written on the painting. Once I grew to love myself, both for the labels put on me and the ones I chose for myself, I found that I was truly happy with myself and my identity.

Shannon Martin
I Don’t Understand This
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

To me, Identity means the way you represent yourself to other people or at different places.

Kylie Finkelstein
Greenwich High School
Bound Together
Greenwich, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

To me, Identity means my family and my religion that help to shape who I am.

Valentina Rivano
My Great-Grandpa and his Newspaper
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, Connecticut
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity means to me what comes from the past; we absorb characteristics from all our family members that make us who we are. Reflecting on the past and thinking about family can tell us a lot about who we are in the present.
$100

Erin Mann
African American Hair identity
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
11th grade, 16 years old

Identity to me means what defines us as people.
$100

Emely Cervantes
Cardboard Converse
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
11th grade, 16 years old

Delmi Salinas
Cardboard High Heel
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
11th grade, 16 years old

Astrid Rodrigues
Cardboard Platform Loafer
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
10th grade, 15 years old

Fatima Davila
The Two Sides of Confusion
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
10th grade, 15 years old

Identity is what makes up our own personal characteristics and personality. It’s what makes us different and gives us a story to share.
$25

Charlotte Watson
Together
Denzel Washington School of the Arts, Mount Vernon, NY
9th Grade, 14 years old

Identity to me is knowing yourself. Knowing what you like, what you excel in, what ethnic, religious, and other groups you are a part of. Aside from yourself, people that know the real you, and support you, are a part of who you are.

Emily Beggs
With Barbie, You Can Be Anything!
Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Fairfield, CT
Grade 12, 17 years old

Identity to me has a lot to do with what adults tell you about yourself as you grow up.

Darcy Alder
Plugged In
Edwin O. Smith High School, Storrs, Mansfield CT
Grade 11, 16 years old

To me, identity changes with the times, and the current generation’s identity is influenced by the internet and social media..

Sophia Greco
Touch Identity
Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham, NY
9th Grade, 14 years old

Identity to me means to identify oneself. There are many ways a person can be identified and the future of identity is Biometrics. This technology is used for identification and access control. We now identify ourselves using the touch ID print which is our computer DNA.

Sophia Minogue
Built for Uniqueness
Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

To me, identity is the memories, people, and experiences that build us into the unique people we are. Our identity is what breathes life into the artwork we create and make our artwork solely ours.

Abby Della Valle
Inside Out
Staples High School, Westport, CT
11th grade, 16 years old

To me, identity is how you see yourself, your passions, and the things that make you yourself. This piece was created to represent the feeling of that being taken away at a young age.

Dereje Tarrant
See Me
Pierrepont School, Westport, CT
9th grade, 15 years old

My painting tells the story of me growing up and figuring out who I
am, all the parts of my identity that I know and the parts I’ve yet to
discover. It’s me a few years from now breaking out of society’s
expectations and limitations. It’s me saying: “See me. See all of me.”

Merel Kanter
Girls Night Out
Staples High School, Westport, CT
12th grade, 17 years old

To me, identity is a mix of what you’re born into and the choices you make following. Memories and circumstances combine to create an individual identity.

Ayaan Olasewere
Living Life Through The Lens of My Swim Goggles
Staples High School, Westport, CT
9th Grade, 14 years old

The beliefs, characteristics, personality, qualities, and the way you think and react to situations make up who you are. Your experiences, relationships, aspirations, values, and interests all play a role in how you view yourself, and in turn are viewed by the world. These two areas make up a person’s identity. Over time new ideas are incorporated into our identity, but our core values often stay the same.
$200

Annam Olasewere
Eat. Sleep. Swim!
Staples High School, Westport, CT
9th Grade, 14 years old

Identity is who you are, it’s your personality, your imagination, what you enjoy, your hopes & dreams, etc. It is everything that makes you – you. Our identity shapes our goals and accomplishments, and our goals and accomplishments shape our identity.
$200

Soroush Rassi
Mind Meld
Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham, NY
10th grade, 15 years old

You are never just one part of your personality, nor are you only characterized by one thing you may like. To me, identity is not about one thing or the other, it is about a multitude of things that make up who you are as a person.

Jack Blitzer
Seen and Unseen
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
10th Grade, Age 15

Whether or not I am seen, I show up in all kinds of weather, steadfast, reliable, and rooted.

Amber Kennedy
Wisteria
Trumbull High School, Trumbull, CT
Grade 11, 17 years old

In my opinion, identity is ever changing with all new life experiences.

Sadie Murphy
Coping With The Very Troubled Child
Pierrepont School, Westport, CT
9th grade, 15 years old

To me, identity is my love for pistachios, a brand new pair of pointe shoes, a filbert paint brush with a bright red handle, a name with hundreds of little quirks and folds hidden beneath it. It is an unanswered question that requires all the eyes in the world to understand and it will never be answered.
$250

Ian Chow
Filling Emptiness
Pierrepont School, Westport, CT
10th grade, 15 years old

For me, my Chinese-American identity means that I am neither completely “Chinese,” nor completely “American.” Since I sometimes feel as if there is some sort of emptiness in my identity, I need to remind myself that there is no such thing as “empty” identity.

Annalena King
Becoming
Harrison High School, Harrison, NY
10th grade, 15 years old

To me, identity means coming into one’s own self, as you recognize and define what your values and beliefs, your interests and needs are. And how you achieve that is by embracing what speaks to you from your roots and heritage but creating your own path away from the aspects that do not resonate with you.

Deniz Nalbantoglu
Alienated
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
9th grade, 14 years old

Identity is my authentic self, not how others may perceive me. This image captures my “alienated-self” during the pandemic.

Kate Lee
Doljabi- My Future
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th grade, 17 years old

Identity means an embracement of one’s traits, ethnic and cultural background, likes and dislikes, and successes and failures. My Korean identity has played a vital role in my growth as an individual, one that I make the conscious choice to embrace.

Kyla Haley-Williams
Modern Mona Lisa
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
10th grade, 15 years old

Identity to me means a representation of who you are, and how you express yourself. Identities can change for the better, if you feel a certain way about yourself and figure out something that represents you, and expresses you better.

Kimberly Nicolas
Modern Mona Lisa
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
10th grade, 15 years old

Damaris Ramirez
Modern Mona Lisa
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
10th grade, 15 years old

Identity is a feeling of self. It’s what sets you apart from the rest, what make you you. Identity is the clothes you wear, the hair-do you choose and the laugh you make at a funny joke.

Sara Hernandez
Modern Mona Lisa
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
9th grade, 14 years old

Liseth Zaruma
Liseth
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
9th grade, 14 years old

Identity means what type of person you are. Showing yourself, as a person, either in a good way or a bad way.

Lena Zheng
Lena
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
9th grade, 14 years old

Identity means someone’s beliefs and their qualities that are different from others. How they act as a person. Who they are as a person.

Diana Garcia
Diana
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
9th grade, 14 years old

Identity means to me that you have a way for people to know who you are.

Flavia Ferrer
Flavia
Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
9th grade, 14 years old

Identity to me means being true to yourself and others. Identity is being able to be confident in yourself and in who you are.

Gianna Salvo
Wandering Mind
Harrison High School, Harrison, NY
10th grade, age 15

Identity to me is what you feel most connected with regarding yourself or the aspects about yourself that you want to portray to others the most.

Rion Yoshimura
Depicted
Harrison High School, Harrison, NY
10th grade,15 years old

To me, Identity is a map of the path you’ve walked, and a treasure you hide.

Ella Cummings
Self
Warde High School, Fairfield, CT
12th grade, 17years old

Identity means to me…. The shedding of all outside influences in one’s head of what you think you should be, to become one’s true self of who you really are.

Manuela Chiele Daumling
Lost
Conard High School, West Hartford, CT
12th grade, 17 years old

My identity is shaped by the environment where I live, the things I experience in life, and the people I have the privilege to meet.

Mia Vindiola
Human Habitat
Staples High School, Westport, CT
11th grade, 16 years old
Identity to me is the person I have become throughout growing up. One thing that has allowed me to do that is my home, and I wanted to capture some of the surroundings that allowed me to become the creative person I am today.

Ava Nicoletti
Coming of Age
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th grade, 17 years old

To me, identity is not one thing. Instead, it is made up of the experiences and relationships that make up a person’s sense of self.
$150

Paulina Finz
Remembrance
Greenwich High School, Greenwich CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

To me, identity is an everlasting connection to one’s past.

Luz Ticona
Fade of Mind
Sleepy Hollow High School, Sleepy Hollow, NY
12th grade, 17 years old

Identity means the embodiment of an individual’s state of mind having to do with their emotions and process of expression. Identity could be associated with various factors but in this piece dissociation is part of the identity within the character.

Lilly Weisz
My Name
Staples High School, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is the composition of countless different factors both internal and external, influencing both your outward presentation and your self-perception.

Jennifer von Bartheld
Society on the Teenage Brain
Wilton High School, Wilton, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is a construction of everything a person has experienced. Identity is not set in stone; it’s able to change and flow as one wishes. It’s important to respect someone’s identity because it helps us to feel safe and to express ourselves. Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you. Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and wellbeing.

Shealeigh Crombie
Faceted Reflections
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

To me, identity means being able to synthesize the multiple facets of your self-perception along with the infinite dimensions reflected within you as a result of your experiences and influences. Identity is not a set definition of self, but rather a reflection of who you are based on what you have experienced and how you choose to interact with the world around you.

Laci Raveis
Self-portraits
Greens Farms Academy, Fairfield, CT
11th grade, 16 years old

To me, the people who you surround yourself with influence you and your identity. There are many different components that go into creating your identity, and it is not solely yourself.

Liyana Asaria-Issa
Khushiali (Self-Portrait)
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
11th grade, 16 years old

For as long as I can remember, my identity as a Muslim has defined me. Mehndi is a large part of my culture and when I have it on, I feel most connected to my roots.

Nancy Duer
Gold Leaf Soul
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
11th grade, 17 years old

Identity is a sense of knowing one’s self and expressing what lives in one’s soul. This was the first time in my life, after having drawn countless self portraits, that I truly captured my own essence; it was something that took passion and the desire to create positive change to find.

Natalia Roseff
Anti-Metamorphosis
Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, CT
Grade 12, 17 years old

The pressures of societal conformity are ruinous to identity. The caterpillar is bound to a predestined fate with no freedom to explore its options or pursue a more desirable future, as nature forbids it to become nothing other than a butterfly.

Joanne Park
Exotic Needs
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
12th grade, 17 years old

Identity is what you are and how you present yourself but it’s also something that people take and warp into what they want of you.
$250

Justine Luth
United
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity to me means the things or people who make you who you are. I am a firm believer that the community around us is what shapes us and helps us grow into the people we are meant to be.

Sarah Boside
Rift
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
11th grade, 16 years old

Identity, to me, is an infinite and unrelenting crisis. Identity is an ongoing battle, with inner truths and external labels sword-to-sword on the front lines.

Ren Grunberg
Venus’ Face
Weston High School, Weston, CT
11th Grade, 17 years old

To me identity is something that is shaped depending on how you view yourself in terms of the world around you. Your identity is something fluid and ever changing based on the people you meet, the experiences you have, and the values you adapt.

Harper Treschuk
Lake of the Woods
Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Fairfield, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

Through textile arts I can stitch together parts of my heritage and self-expression.

Sophie Spheeris
Us and Them
Staples High School, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

To me, identity means who someone is due to both internal factors and external experiences. The piece that I made exhibits identity because every piece on my face and hair is from someone’s face in a magazine, furthering the idea that identity is who you are due to factors on the inside and outside.

Lana Saccuzzo
Self Discovery
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity will always find you no matter what situation you may be in. There will always be moments where you feel as if you cannot find your identity, but it’s always waiting for the chance to bloom, you must only acknowledge it.

Campbell Treschuk
Other Worlds
Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Fairfield, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

Art is a way for me to show who I am and what interests me. This painting shows my passion for fantasy worlds, in literature and in games.

Violet Cleary
Proud to Be Whoever I Am
Denzel Washington School of the Arts, Mount Vernon, NY
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity to me is the experiences, personality, and morals that make up who a person is. There are many aspects to my identity, but one of the most important ones to me is my sexuality, because it is something that I am constantly questioning.

Skylar Newman
Not a Single Cloud in the Sky
Staples High School, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity to me is a lens in which you see the world based on all of your past experiences. Everything you have ever done has led you to this exact moment in time.

Jai Hernandez
Eternal
Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

Brief thought: It is both the good days and bad days that join together, creating the memories that shape the individuals recognizable to you
Price: $125

Camille Vynerib
The Rainbow
Staples High School, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity means feeling comfortable with who you are, following your heart, and pushing yourself to try things you’re interested in.

Sabine Chai
Snapshot No. 2
Pierrepont School, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is never set in stone– if I feel like something one day, I might be or feel different on the next. This is a snapshot of who I was, or will be.

Sarina Nadelson
Hidden Inner Beauty
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT
10th Grade, 16 years old

For me, identity represents how I quietly observe the world from the sidelines. On the outside, I appear shy and introverted but deep down I have so much inner beauty, artistic creativity and passion to share with the world.

Lillian Barshop
Apology to a Deciphered Jester
Weston High School, Weston, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

The larger part of one’s identity can be almost completely swallowed up by the perception they receive from others. If you no longer live in the minds of those individuals, do you even exist at all?

Francesca Kim
A Side By Side
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

My mom and dad are from two completely different countries, my mom is from El Salvador and my dad is from Korea. I don’t look entirely like my mom, but I am connected to her in many different ways. To know that I am both my dad and my mom reminds me that I am never alone and because of them I can also find myself. That is what identity means to me.

Angelina Park
The Future
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is shaped by my culture and the experiences I grew up with. I wouldn’t be the same person without those experiences.

Ryan Podber
A Conflicted Welcome Home
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

Identity is what separates us from the rest. We all have our own story, and how we share that story is up to us.
$150

Parker Conte
Will Conte
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

To me, identity is the culmination of the things that make up a person. Seeing someone in their most notable moments is a major part of identity, and is what I intended to capture in my image.
$50

Matthew Stugart
Twisted Mind
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
10th Grade, 16 years old

One’s true identity is based on how one views themselves, not what others identify you as.

George Weiksner
Off the Hinge
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

Identity means how you represent yourself. Basically, what makes you who you are and different from the rest.
$20

Jared Santiago
A Glance
Westhill High School, Stamford, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

Identity will always be unique to oneself. Individuals can express how they can represent themselves through their skin color, race, sex, gender, a good feel for fashion, or whatever it may be that compliments who they are.

Casey Creutz
10 Village Drive
Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham, NY
11th Grade, 16 years old

To me, identity means the things in one’s life that are formative to a person and who that person is based on what shapes them.

Justin Caines
The Red Dress
Denzel Washington School of the Arts, Mount Vernon, NY
18 years old

Identity is self image, placing, who you are or how you see yourself. It’s something you can either alter, conceal, or lock up.
$100

Pamela Passero
Frequency
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

To me, identity is however someone wants to show themselves in the world.

Allison Cancro
In Pieces
Staples High School, Westport, CT
9th Grade, 15 years old

To me, identity is based around experiences and imperfections. Experience shapes the way we see the world.

Ava Frascarelli
Halo Dreams
King School, Stamford, CT
Grade 10, 16 years old

Identity means to express oneself no matter the responses of others. In my case, creating art has helped me express my emotions as well as things that shape who I am.

Katherine Slusarz
Day Mask
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

To me, identity is one’s own mind, shaped by experience; which is not always what is shown on the outside. In this piece, inspired by the way people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, hides behind a mask of calm, but their true identity is striking and jagged: filled with a dangerous mix of creativity and anxiety that radiates through them.
$255 (without frame)

Emma Santangelo
Who Are You?
Conard High School, West Hartford, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

Identity to me is a question rather than a definitive answer.

Josefine Reinhardsen
Self-Reflection
Mamaroneck High School, Larchmont, NY
12th Grade, 17 years old

To me identity is all about being able to express oneself, so you can paint the image others will see. I believe that people often believe identity is shaped only by oneself and only by oneself, but I believe identity is shaped by others around you.

Kate Boswell
Blank Stare — Monochromatic Self Portrait
Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is something that changes quite frequently and we are the only ones who ever truly know and understand ourselves.
$255 (without frame)

Eliza Hildenbrand
Girl In The Shadows
Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, NY
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is the diverging factor between oneself and others. In this piece I explored the intensity of value in an effort to portray how those around me cast shadows and highlights on my sense of identity.
$255 (without frame)

N’Dea Greene
Release
Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY
10th Grade, 16 years old

To me, Identity is defined as the thing that holds you up as an individual.
$159.00
$255 (without frame)

Gianna Allegretti
Girl At Her Leisure In The Mess She Created
Harrison High School, Harrison, NY
11th grade, 16 years old
Identity is being able to accept all the components of yourself and your physical being.

Chloé Naudet
Mixed Signals
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT
11th grade, 16 years old

To me, identity is how we present ourselves and communicate with others. Identity is the experiences you carry around with you to interact with the world.

Liav Vadel
Impressionism study of Alfred Sisley, “Allée of Chestnut Trees, 1878”
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

To me, identity means finding your inner self. Some ways I find my inner self are through art and nature which are shown in my painting.
Price: $80

Annissa Tan
Bliss
Mamaroneck High School, Larchmont, NY
11th Grade, 16 years old

We often don’t understand identity until we are forced to think about it. What makes me ME?

Emily Filanowski
Going For Goal
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

Hancyka Charlot
My Reflection in My Imagination
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th grade, 18 years old

Identity is what makes someone unique and different. It is what differs you from the rest of the world. Sometimes it is a slightly little detail that you’re not even aware of or you might not even like. It might be the imperfection that you see in yourself. Is it what makes you, YOU.

Kian Alward
November Moon
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT
9th Grade, 15 years old

Identity is what I use to express myself. It is how you put your mark on the world.
$35

Yuna Kwak
Charcoal Self Portrait
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
10th Grade, 16 years old

Identity can mean a variety of things. But it’s mainly something about you or something that shows who you are.

Shivali Kanthan
Free Spirits
Staples High School, Westport, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

Identity means being your true self no matter what happens to you on the outside. You may be as strong and as tough as a dragon, but there will be chains that restrain your true self. Find that true self and cherish it as it will see you through your darkest times.

Alexander Jara
Covid Blues
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
12th Grade, 18 years old

Masks were intended to protect us from the pandemic but they unintentionally served as a shield to conceal our identity and a source of comfortability.

Greta Dalton-Kay
Red Marker
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

Identity is forever changing, and is something that can be discovered. I have struggled with finding my own identity in the past few years, and I am just recently starting to figure out who I really am as a person.

Martina Carbone
Inner Peace
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
12th Grade, 18 years old

Our identities are what makes us unique individuals. My piece is meant to showcase finding who we are and coming to terms with our identity.

Brooke Landry
Inside Out
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
9th Grade, 14 years old

My identity is made up of thoughts and experiences in my life. My painting depicts how the contents of my brain would look if materialized.

Isaiah Friedman-Ringwood
Flying From the Floor
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield
11th Grade, 16 years old

Like the muscles in our body, identity deconstructs and reforms. I believe our identities change millions of times throughout our lives, each time more beautiful than before.

Mary Dunn
Behind the Mask
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

This piece is meant to represent how people live behind masks that are meant to conform into a version of themself that is more acceptable. By masking their identity, they prevent themselves from being vulnerable with others.

Sarah Gurskis
Melting
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
12th Grade, Age 17 years old

Identity is how others perceive you and what you want to show others. One of the most important identities to uphold is your online identity, and I have noticed that the more eyes that are on you, the more you melt to the pressure to look perfect.

Serafina Delgass
Quiet
Weston High School, Weston, CT
10th Grade, 14 years old

We can choose whatever we want to define us, and it may be tempting to allow silence to not sully others’ notions of us; but without expression, we can’t achieve peace.

Savannah Girling
Beyond Perception
Keystone High School, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is entirely different to every individual. It’s beyond definition, identity is simply how one sees themself, and how they choose to express that.

Margot Delany
Self Portrait in Charcoal
Greenwich High School, Greenwich CT
12th Grade, 18 yrs old

Identity is defined as “the fact of being who or what a person or thing is,” But I know it’s more than that. Identity not only defines who you are but also connects you with others and provides you with communities of people who you can rely on and who can rely on you. I think we need this now more than ever.

Sarah Price
The Effect of Phobias
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th grade, 17 years old

Having phobias and being forced to face them can have a painful effect on one’s sense of self. Having experiences of failure and extreme anxiety creates hopelessness and self-doubt.

McMillan Graham
Written in the Stars
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th grade, 18 years old

In my opinion, my identity has been heavily shaped by my family background and history, as it is due to my southern family that I possess my unusual first name, “McMillan.” In this piece, I painted a portrait of my younger self side-by-side with my namesake, Roberta McMillan, as she was an artist and I strongly believe her name is fit for me, as she was an artist just as I was.

Liza Saggese
And, Somehow, I’m Losing Myself Again
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
Grade 11, 16 years old

Identity is something that., yes, defines who we are as people, but is also something that can easily be lost and forgotten; it is one of the many struggles one may face in life.

Christine Song
Lasso Locks
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
11th Grade, 17 years old

Identity is how others perceive you and how you perceive yourself. Identity is the way you express yourself and the characteristics and parts that make up and define you.

Nicholas O’Brien
The Divisions of Solitude
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

We are all living in our own worlds. Whether you read that sentence with a positive or negative notion, it’s an important concept to all keep in mind regardless. The person sitting next to you is likely living a vastly different lifestyle and going through a lot of other things. We are all incredibly unique in our identity, and with that, it’s crucial that we all start living lives of acceptance and understanding, rather than ones of comparison.

Jane Stempien
Dual Nature
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

To me, identity is defined by its sense of duality – the entirety of our identity is formed by two, juxtaposed yet cohesive forces. It is the conflict between our sense of self, versus our sense of society, as well as our understanding of good versus evil.
$100

Trevor Perkins
Growing Old
Westhill High School, Stamford, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

Identity means to me stopping every so often for all things and taking some time to enjoy the little things or what one would normally overlook in day to day life.

Lain Brewer
Home
Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY
Grade 12, 17 years old

Identity is all the pieces that form a person’s unique self.

Tessa Moore
One Size
Staples High School, Westport, CT
12th Grade, Age 17

There have been times when I have felt that my identity is defined by my appearance and my dissatisfaction with it, and clothing brands that support harmful beauty standards often make this feeling worse. Many who cannot fit into these “one size fits all” brands feel that this makes them inherently less worthy or beautiful, when in reality our identity should be made up of our background, personality, and passions, and should be something that we value.

Ellie Weiner
Stretched Thin
Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck
12th Grade, 18 years old

Identity is fluid- there is the identity that we share with the world, and the one which we must grapple with internally. To know who we are, we must acknowledge the presence of both and allow there to be room for each facet of self.

Jake Floch
Laisser Aller
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

People use identities to attempt to define a person. But nobody can confine a whole person within language’s restrictions.

Ami Goble
Sejin Shiki
Harrison High School, Harrison, NY
11th grade, 16 years old

Personal identity to me is impacted heavily through age and maturity. As we grow older we become able to fully uncover and accept our true identities.

Sofia Dillabough
Italy, 1940s (After Richard Avedon)
Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Fairfield, CT
10th Grade, 16 years old

A time, a place, and a culture is a part of who we are. Italy in the 1940’s is in one sense history, but continues to live through my family and me to this day.

Benjamin Fertig
The “I’m Ivy” Fashion Collection
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
12th Grade, 18 years old

Identity transcends gender specific constraints allowing us to wordlessly project our self-image in a variety of ways such as wearing clothing that adapts to a variety of body types which tells a different story based on how it forms and fits the person wearing it.

Ariella SS Delgass
Fembot Liberation
Cedarhurst School, Hamden, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is a set of themes pushed on you by the world that are meant to be shed in order to reach your true amorphous self.
$15

Abby Seeberger
Feelings
King School, Stamford, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

To me, your identity is how you fit into the world. Having your own identity or specific thing that makes you different from others is what makes the world a better, more interesting place.

Mimi Casey
Dimming
Staples High School, Westport, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

For me, identity has meant contending with circumstances good or bad. In my senior year, most of us have found ourselves changed, for better or worse, by shared burnout during the college application process.

Scarlett Sladek
Open Up The Gates of Hell and Roll Me Through
Staples High School, Westport, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

To me, identity means the parts of myself that have shaped my worldview, and I believe showing off those parts of me is important.

Natalia Sierra-Vettorazzi
I Am Happy.
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

To me, identity is just constant questions and thoughts about myself, that blur the lines of who I really am.
$125

Ella Ryb
Reaching
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

Identity to me means growing up and having to find your own way. The dark waters represent the struggles that one may have to go through to find oneself but the early blooms give hope.

Dina Lacugna
Adventurer
Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is like a prism that reflects in nuanced ways depending where and how the light shines on it. It is a unified core of who you are in all your beliefs, qualities, communities and associations, and yet it reveals its presence in different ways in different environments.

Julia Petro
An Idea of Identity
Staples High School, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

To me, identity is how people see and represent themselves, which can be shown in so many diverse and beautiful ways.

Olivia Liu
Cross-Cultural Contamination
Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, NY
11th Grade, 16 years old

Every action we take contributes to our identity; it is the only facet of the world where we have the most control from birth to death. Although comprised of both external labels and personal decisions, it is the thing that entire lifetimes are devoted to molding and the source from which all creation stems.

Amber Peart
A Hidden Queen
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

Identity is who you are, how people view you and how you portray yourself to others. There is only one you!
$20

Avery Morawa
Transformation
New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT
11th grade, 16 years old

To me, identity is who you are and how you view the world. Your identity is shaped by your experiences, your memories, and society.

Emran Moradi
Aramish (Farsi, can be translated as peace of mind or calmness; tranquility)
Fairfield Country Day School, Fairfield, CT
9th Grade, 16 years old

Afghan artists search for aramish, or peace of mind, through their art. As an Afghan artist, I seek to move through memories of my past and express emotions by drawing the beauty found in nature.

I chose to paint a solitary tree in autumn for two reasons. First, climate change is a threat to our future and one way to combat climate change is by planting trees. Their growth is a symbol of hope. We need to plant trees in every corner of our planet: deep in the inner cities, in every small town, in every large country, high in the mountains, and on the edges of the water. As shown here, a tree can grow anywhere. In this way, the tree in this painting represents me and my future. When I left Afghanistan in September I felt sad, overwhelmed, and homesick. But there is always a seed of hope even if it seems there is nothing else, and this was true for me. This fall in Connecticut I put down new roots and grew in new ways. I spread my branches to the sky.
$200

Hashima Moradi
Water in Winter
Marvelwood School, Kent, CT
9th Grade, 17 years old

Art is part of my identity, and a love of art has traveled with me from Kabul to America. Here I am exploring a new medium of art through photography.
$200

Angelea Nicaj
Aversion of the Limelight
Harrison High School, Harrison, NY
11th grade, 16 years old

Dread arises from my unwillingness to indulge others in my identity’s entirety. In its forced convergence, I’m subjected to unwanted perceptions.

Brooke Arnold
Inner Strength
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
Grade 12, 17 years old

I think the way someone portrays themselves to everyone around them is a way of showing your identity. The way I like to portray myself is being bold and confident.

Tea Tola
Vicious Cycle
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT
12th Grade,18 years old

Nothing else can dictate your actions… or can it.

Katie Huang
Fragments of Us
Greenwich High School, Old Greenwich, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity, essential to our individuality, is the encapsulation of past, present, and future. Shaped by our experiences, our own identities are often intertwined with other figures in our lives.
$150

Jocelyn Mazo
The Eyes are the Window to Your Soul
Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck , NY
11th grade, 16 years old

To me, identity means a person being identified as who they are and how they want to be as a person.
$200

Briona Collins
Themself
Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY
10th Grade, 15 years old

Am I pretty now for some reason I find myself lost in what you think of me and too confused to choose who I should be” – Will Wood I/Me/Myself/
Identity is exploring new parts of you and how you express yourself. Remembering where you came from and looking at you now.
$20

Michaela Gurliacci
Looking at You, Looking at Me
Westhill High School, Stamford, CT
12th Grade, 17 years old

Identity can be anything the person wants it to be, whether it be a style, personality or physical features identity is shown differently in every person you meet. My identity is an extension of me, the best parts of me on display for the world to view.

Zachary Berenbaum
CC Sabathia
New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY
10th Grade, 15 years old

CC Sabathia, a left-handed pitcher like me, has helped shape my identity as a baseball pitcher.
His good values, strong work ethic and teamwork have enabled me to create my sense of self.
$500

Rachel Coplan
Hazy Blue
Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, NY
10th Grade, 15 years old

Identity is a sense of belonging, it is knowing and upholding your place and purpose in the world. It can be hazy and unclear to find reason in your own existence.

Nina Paolini-Rota
(Don’t) Look At Me
Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is constantly evolving for everyone, it is the accumulation of every experience we have ever had. I fear facing my own identity because it IS change, and change is scary.

Eloise Foster
Contemplation
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
11th Grade, 17 years old

To me, identity means how I see and feel about myself. I think that an important part of my identity is how in touch I am with my emotions, whether I choose to embrace them or push them away.

Tanneil Powell
Doja Cat
Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
11th grade, 17 years old

Identity to me is how I present myself. It is how I show people who I am.

Zana Morina
Never Ending Road
Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
11th grade,16 years old

The road that doesn’t seem to end.

Kadisha Calderon
The Stairs To The Unknown
Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
11 Grade, 17 years old

Taking chances because you don’t know where you’ll end up at.

Shannon Martin
I Don’t Understand This
Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
10th Grade, 15 years old

To me, Identity means the way you represent yourself to other people or at different places.

Nicole Razhanskiy
Sea Turtle
Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
11th Grade, 16 years old

Identity is a fulfilling feeling about yourself. This can be a word, place, feeling which makes you feel at home. For me, nature and the ocean is a big part of my life and a major part of my identity, including animal life that exists along us in this world.

Aaron Oro
Time Capsule
Harrison High School, Harrison, NY
12th grade, 17 years old

Identity allows the world to truly see the real you. No matter how far we distance ourselves, we will always remember one another.
$50

Alexandra Konigsberg
My Colorful Self Portrait
Harrison High School, Harrison NY
10th Grade, 16 years old

It’s something that’s within me. It makes us different from other people and it doesn’t have to be based on appearance, it is your personality that determines who you are and how you are unique.”
$100

Gabriela Majewska
You Silly Child
Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY
12 Grade, 18 years old

Identity is how you define yourself and how you wish the world to perceive you. It gives you a voice and a way to express yourself no matter what you’re going through.

Kristine Vasquez
Symptom of the Universe
Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
$250

Sonia Charmoy
The True Sun
Joel Barlow High School, Redding, CT
11th Grade, 17 years old

Identity to me is the essence of who we are as a person. The good and the bad but we are all truly suns. We have the power to shine our light on everyone else and that is what my piece shows.

Logan Goodman
Hide and Seek
Staples High School, Westport, CT
10th grade, 15 years old, Price: Available upon request

Identity. How I express myself and define who I am and how I see the world. I am creative and original and often choose to express myself through my love of shoes. Painting sneakers, I know I have chosen the perfect canvas for exhibiting my identity. Despite constantly trying to stand confidently in my shoes (no pun intended), I sometimes opt not to stand out and prefer a more subdued position in a crowd. Camouflage helps one disguise and hide their identity, and is often used as a form of protection. Black lights help reveal what the human eye cannot see. Exposed to blacklight, Hide and Seek creatively exposes my true identity: I will never let my head down, unless of course, to admire my shoes. Artist takes requests for custom commissions. Visit @Lacedbylogan on Instagram!

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