cARTie's 2022 Submitting High School Artists

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cARTie's 2021 Submitting High School Artists

Spring 2021, cARTie put out a call for submissions to a diverse representation of high school art students from across the state of Connecticut. The call asked students to respond to the prompt: what does it mean to be a kid during the pandemic? Students were encouraged to think creatively and feel unrestricted by medium. More than 35 original works of art were submitted by 17 student artists. cARTie gives voice to all 17 student artists by featuring their art here.


As part of the application process, student artists shared artist bios, commented on their motivation to submit work(s) of art, and reflected on what they wanted PreK-2 students to see, feel, notice, and think about when engaging with their work. Almost universally, student artists affirmed their motivation to submit works of art for the purpose of impacting young children.


A curated selection of submitted art is displayed in cARTie's mobile museum bus this 2021-2022 school year!

Keep Laughing! I Like Being Alone, Promise! (2021; gouache paint, sharpie)

“Admittedly, not much is going on in my piece. I painted this because I like the composition, and I like the sentiment behind it. I don’t think there’s a deeper meaning behind it besides form what I feel, and that’s alright. What I enjoy about art is doing whatever I want, drawing my own characters and compositions I think are neat. Above all else, I wish for young artists to know that, that it’s alright to just draw whatever they think is cool." ~ Camila Saa

LOVE NOTE (2021; acrylic paint)

"Art is a snapshot of the imagination. Art is a way to give your thoughts permanence and a physical form that can be enjoyed by all. I make things that don’t and probably couldn’t exist, but are still beautiful. You can make something bigger than yourself and larger than life, and it never dies." ~ Dillon Oliviero

Mask Up (2021; acrylic paint)

"The project that I submitted is a skeleton, however I painted it with bright colors to make it seem brighter and happier. The skeleton is wearing a mask to show that everyone is effected by the pandemic, even those who we do not expect.” ~ Sophie Fridland

The six rooms of the pandemic (2021; colored pencils, sharpie)

"As a not-well-known artist I decided to participate in this championship to pass my vision of how a child in the pandemic is and to have a recognition because I love art! I hope they identify with what I tried to go through with the theme.” ~ Mateus Ferraz

The Distraction of Distance (2021; acrylic paint)

“I hope kids will look at my art and feel understood. I also hope that seeing my painting will help kids who struggled with learning online feel like they weren’t alone." ~ Phoebe DeOreo

Captured Beauty (2020; photography)

“Art is a process, learning to get better at it or developing your artistic talents takes a lot of time. I myself often don’t think my art is very good, but thats a part of learning, you will always be able to see the imperfections of your own art, but you can’t be hung up on those mistakes. You will always be your own harshest critic, so learning to accept the encouraging words of others is the most important part of the artistic journey." ~ Duncan Martin

Working Boots (2021; pen, ink)

“I hope that kids in elementary school will see that it’s ok to be different and to struggle but with hard work and dedication you can accomplish anything. I want them to see that the world differently and know that it is still beautiful. Even if this year has been dark, there is light at the end of the tunnel and we need to stay positive.” ~ Mark Despard III

Henry (2021; acrylic paint)

"Covid has stunted learning in not only me, but kids across the world. I hope this piece gets that message across." ~ Emily McNeice

Kindness is a Choice (2021; acrylic paint)

"I made a painting of a skull because we should help everyone to get on their feet." ~ Marquest Mattison

Away (2021; acrylic paint)

"I painted a boat to express what it means to be a kid during the pandemic because I thought how lonely it was not to hang-out with friends. So, I painted a boat to show how lonely it can get. I thought how a boat is away from everyone in the sea, and it was a terrible time for us. That’s why I tried to give it a dark vibe to show how sad it could be not seeing or interacting with friends and family and staying put in the house." ~ Jesus Rojas-Osorio

Shouting Stars (2021; acrylic paint)

"I painted a house with shouting stars because during pandemic I feel trapped in the house and the shouting stars are the virus." ~ Jason Fernandez

Inspiration (2021; acrylic paint)

"I painted this boat because I wanted to inspire my friends. I hope my painting can help other people so that they stop seeing life as black and white, but learn to see life in colors." ~ Genesis Nivar-Guerrero

Evening (2021; acrylic paint)

"My sister’s artwork inspired me to paint." ~ Edgar Zhagui

Enough (2020; Pen, Ink, Collage)

"I created this self portrait with the intent of using line to depict the emotion of stress. Senior year of high school, especially during the pandemic, has been a rigorous experience having to balance developing my college portfolio and high school academics..." ~ Nate Kolek

Esperanza (Hope) (2021; acrylic paint)

"A boat is an expression of my hope for future travel after pandemic." ~ Alex Aguilar

I'm Not Free (2021; digital)

“Art, as a tool, is a great way to express oneself, but it’s also a great way to relax. Art has been really helpful to me throughout this interesting year, and I hope that these kids will feel the same." ~ Ava Basile

cARTie's 2020 Virtual Exhibition

Spring 2020, cARTie put out a call for submissions to high school art students from across the state of Connecticut. More than 18 original works of art were submitted, and the following seven, from Berlin, Bridgeport, New Fairfield, Norwalk, Thomaston, Ridgefield, and Wamogo were selected by cARTie's Board of Directors to be featured in the organization's first ever virtual exhibition. As part of the application process, student-artists reflected on their own early museum memories and shared the impact they hope their works of art are able to have. Reaching PreK-2 audiences not only motivated these student-artists, but inspired their artistic pursuits.


Together, these pieces are a testament to the value of picking up a pencil, a piece of paper, a stash of paints, a roll of film, a ball of clay, and so forth. With time, attention, and self-motivation, you too can be a spotlighted student-artist!


Click here for family-friendly virtual gallery activity prompts!


Sharpie on Paper, 2020 Brianna “A single dot doesn’t make much, but together they have the strength to make something beautiful.”


Photography, 2020 Summer “Taking a picture is like taking a moment in time and keeping it forever.”

Quarantine Mind

Oil Paint, 2020 Alaana


Spray Paint, 2020 Alejandro “This is actually my senior art piece; my mark left at my high school. I have been playing the violin for 8 years and viola for the 3 years so it made sense to make that the theme. I decided to do spray paint after I realized that the corona virus would cause me to have very little time to finish. It took me a total of three days to finish and the title of my piece corresponds to my senior quote,”Positive Energy Activates Constant Elevation.”


Acrylic on Canvas, 2020 Rachel “This is a painting I completed in my art class for a friend. In the lower corner is a lizard outline that my friend had drawn for reference. I decided for a personal touch to add that drawing onto the canvas.”

My Geranium Still Life

Watercolour, 2020 Kevin “It turns out I am continuing my art career. I decided to do Painting 1 before Drawing 2. My first project in painting was the Geranium Still life. I sketched out the flower and started to paint it. I began with the pedals which were honestly the easiest part of the project while the hardest part was the leaves."


Colored Pencil, 2019 Erin “I created this my sophomore year of high school. It was sent to the city hall art show by my teacher.”