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Student artists win recognition

April 21, 2022 — Five NMH students have been recognized in the 2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a national contest that celebrates students for exceptional artistic and literary talent.

The NMH students walked away with an impressive 30 awards in total, including a National Gold Medal, six Gold Key Awards, 10 Silver Key awards, and 13 honorable mentions for their work in sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry-making, and other media.

Ethan Lin ’23 earned the National Gold Medal for his sculpture “Ganoderma Forest,” a 9-foot-long piece made of annual ring wood chip, wood stick, and wood board that mimics a Chinese fungi. “A lot of my artwork is dedicated to my Chinese roots and culture,” said Lin, who is from Shanghai. “I hope that I can at once return to the richness of the past and address the changes that continue apace in China as a whole and in me individually.”

Lin said NMH has allowed him to have a well-rounded education, taking plenty of science, math, and humanities courses while also taking art classes and pursuing art as a hobby. “Both of my parents studied architecture in college so they have exposed me to art since I was young,” he said. In addition to sculpture, he enjoys jewelry-making, as well as ceramics and photography, and several of his other pieces in these media earned Scholastic awards. 

The other award-winning student artists are Angus Chang ’23, Bailey Koo ’23, Ethan Lin ’23, Everett Liu ’24, and Jay Shin ’24.

Mona Seno, chair of the visual arts department at NMH, said students can submit artwork they made at school or elsewhere.

Seno presented a slideshow of the winning artwork at a recent all-school meeting in Memorial Chapel. “I think the best thing is seeing the artwork, so I was excited to show the student work at a Monday morning meeting,” she said.

Two of the pieces recognized by the awards — a painting titled “Affection” by Jay Shin ’24, and a ceramic piece titled “Azure Dragon” by Lin — are currently on view as part of the 2022 Student Art Exhibit in The Gallery at the Rhodes Arts Center on campus.

The annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world.