Annika Crawford ’22 Takes Best in Show at Phillips Mill

The 2022 Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition is now online, showcasing the works of students from twenty-three area high schools. Annika Crawford ’22 won Best in Show for her painting Alton.

Juror Bill Jersey remarked, “Exceptional… Extraordinary… hard to believe a student has done this piece.”

“Going into this piece, I was most interested in exploring portraiture and memory,” said Annika. “I painted with oil, a medium I love because it dries slowly and blends smoothly. I painted in blocks of color, which I blended, then refined detail. I sharpened detail on Alton, while blurring the background, to simulate how the eye focuses on single subjects, as I was aiming for pure realism.”

Katie Rose Hendry ’22 took second place in the digital art and photography category. “The photo is of two students, Maia and Olivia,” said Katie Rose. “It’s funny because I am not close with these two, but I needed a few more photos for class to fulfill a project. I saw them walking past me and they allowed me to take a photo of them and it came out so beautiful. The piece is entitled interdependence. The two girls are such beautiful people and they allowed me to portray an important message through their facial expressions and body language.”

“I am proud of our students and colleagues for the excellent work that demonstrates George School’s commitment to, and talent in, the visual arts,” said Director of Visual Arts and Design Danielle Picard-Sheehan.

Established in 1929, the Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show is one of the most prestigious in the area, attracting some of the most talented artists in our region. The youth art program was established at Phillips’ Mill in 2014 to give young artists in our region the chance to display their work through Phillips’ Mill, and be awarded for their achievements. Each year, Phillips’ Mill reaches out to educators in art departments of more than twenty high schools, who select works to be in the show. These works are then juried for awards of cash prizes with judging in four categories: Painting, Works on Paper, Photography, and 3-Dimensional Works.

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