Photo: The Honorable Alan Nevas with the 2016 Tracy Sugarman Award winner, Sebastian Avila. Photo by Marina White.

The Westport Arts Center is excited to announce the student artists selected for the second annual Westport High School Student Art Exhibition, on display in the Westport Arts Center’s Project Space now through April 23.

As part of the competition, Staples High School eleventh-grade student Sebastian Avila was chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Tracy Sugarman Award for his work “Dream On,” a charcoal and wax pastel drawing.

The competition is generously sponsored by The Honorable Alan and Janet Nevas in memory of Tracy Sugarman. Sugarman was a 62-year Westport resident who was an illustrator, writer, civil rights activist and WWII veteran. He is best known for his painting and illustrations recording American history from D-Day to the space shuttle. Mr. Sugarman passed away in January 2013 at the age of 91.

The competition was open to all students who reside and/or attend high school in Westport, providing an opportunity for students to share their creativity and talent with the community in a gallery setting.

The works of art were juried by Ann Chernow, a Westport artist who is known for her portrait-style illustrations that evoke the images of female cinematic figures of the 1930s and 1940s. Her exhibition, NOIR, is currently on display at the Westport Arts Center main gallery through April 23.

Of the student entries, Chernow stated, “Congratulations to all for creating interesting work. I applaud your attention to making art, and urge you to continue.”

Selected student artists include:

· Sam Agnew, Greens Farm Academy/Grade 12

· Sebastian Avila, Staples High School/Grade 11

· Katie Craymer, Interlochen Arts Academy/Grade 12

· Emma Fasciolo, Staples High School/Grade 12

· Grace Foley, Staples High School/Grade 10

· Zachary Groz, Pierrepont School/Grade 9

· Alice Hu, Staples High School/Grade 12

· Jasmine Jacklin, Staples High School/Grade 12

· Alexandra McMahon, Staples High School/Grade 11

· Ben Roland, Staples High School/Grade 9

· Ellie Shapiro, Staples High School/Grade 11

· Angela Yu, Staples High School/Grade 12

For more information on this exhibition, or other student events and classes, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203.222-7070 or

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from 4th Row Films, the Aibel Foundation, the Arnhold Foundation, Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Borrowed – A Vintage Inspired Company, the Brant Foundation, CBP, Cannupa Foundation, the Carl Marks Foundation, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, EC Infosystems, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Festivities, Gault, Energy, Geiger’s, GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, the Hall Art Foundation, KD & J Botanica, Land Rover Milford, Landtech, Lillian August, LLBH Private Wealth Management LLC, Madison/Mott, Main Street Resources/Green Village Initiative, Meadow Ridge, the Mitchell’s Family of Stores, Moffly Media, Newman’s Own Foundation, Riverside Management Group, Saugatuck Sweets, the Shack Sackler Foundation, the Sheffer Family Foundation, Sontag Advisory LLC, Stamford Tent, Steel Shed, Sun Hill Foundation, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Family Counseling, Westport Now, Westport Resources, Westport Special Education PTA, William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust, Xerox Foundation, WPKN, WSHU Public Radio Group, and Yellowtail.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.


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