Tinton Falls, NJ - The Monmouth Festival of the Arts held its 16th annual Student Art Competition and Art Workshops on Sunday, January 30, 2010 at Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ. The student art competition featured the work of 11th grade high school artists from 14 high schools in Monmouth with 54 students participating bring 94 pieces of art. MRT has been commended for its support of the arts and art education and is the winner of the 2010 Governor's Award in Art Education.

Larissa Naegele of Wall Township High School took first place honors for her self-portrait in pencil. Joe Gullace of Allentown High School took second place for his huge oil pastel self-portrait. Third place went to Kelly McAdam from Red Bank Regional for her ebony pencil drawing entitled, Boot.

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The first, second and third place winners of the Monmouth Festival of the Arts’ Student competition are pictured from left to right: Larissa Naegele, Wall High School, with her pencil self-portrait; Joe Gullace, Allentown High School, with his oil pastel self portrait (displayed behind him) and Kelly McAdam, Red Bank Regional High School, with her ebony pencil drawing entitled, Boot. Winners receive first, second and third place prizes of $100, $75 and $50. In addition, all winners will have their work prominently displayed at the 41st annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts, which will take place at the Monmouth Reform Temple on April 9 through 13, 2011.  In all there were 94 pieces of art submitted by 54 students from 14 Monmouth County High Schools participating in this the student competition.

 

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There were three honorable mentions awarded in the MFT Student Competition. Pictured next to their works are Red Bank Regional students Emily Stafford with her ebony pencil drawing entitled The Author’s Study, and Terrill Warrenburg with her pencil drawing entitled Dining Room. Not present, but also taking honorable mention, was Daniel Regard of Howell High School whose artwork of pierced metal jewelry entitled Question Cross is displayed on the table between the two young ladies.

Claiming honorable mentions were three students: two students from Red Bank Regional, Emily Stafford with her ebony pencil drawing entitled The Author’s Study, and Terrill Warrenburg with her pencil drawing entitled Dining Room. Daniel Regard of Howell High School won an honorable mention for his artwork of pierced metal jewelry entitled Question Cross.

Winners receive first, second and third place prizes of $100, $75 and $50. In addition, all winners will have their work displayed at the 41st annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts, which will take place at the Monmouth Reform Temple on April 9 through 13, 2011.

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Artist Joyce Browning of New Brunswick instructs high school seniors during a hands-on workshop during the Monmouth Festival of the Arts Student Competition held on January 30 at the Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, NJ.

The judges were all accomplished artists including:  Bob Matarangelo of Avon, a multi-faceted artist working in digital video, animation, painting and sculpture and a teacher at Ocean County Community College; Patricia Hutchinson of Belmar, a Fulbright Scholar with a doctorate in Design and Technology Education; and Colleen Lineberry of Ocean Township, a fiber artist and painter and professor at Brookdale Community College.

In addition to the art competition, the students are offered two workshops to enhance their portfolio presentations as they prepare to enter other competitions or create submissions to colleges and art schools to further their study of the arts and to explore a new or unfamiliar art subject.

Dave McGrath of Long Branch, a pen and ink artist, who has displayed at the MRT Festival of the Arts over the years, presented one of the programs to the students at the portfolio workshops. He offered the students some practical information on how to economically and attractively display their art work and create a portfolio presentation. He attended the Newark School of Fine & Industrial Art, Brookdale Community College and the School of Visual Arts.

Joyce Browning of New Brunswick hosted a hands-on event with the students creating a 3-D art work inspired by the famous Spanish Sculpture Antoni Gaudi. Ms. Browning is a working artist in the United States, England and Ireland. She owned her own gallery in New Jersey from 1965 to 2001 and has been a high school art teacher in the Metuchen School District since 1986.

Alice Berman, Co-Chair of the Monmouth Festival of the Arts commended all the participants stating, “Sixteen years ago, this program was begun to showcase the work of young artists, to give them encouragement and to give them experience of displaying their work in an unfamiliar place. We also hope to give them some direction with our educational workshops should they hope to take their art to the next level.”

The Monmouth Festival of the Arts is hosted by Monmouth Reform Temple and is made possible, in part, by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.