Libby Cornelssen ’12
Although most people don’t receive national recognition for their passions as early as high school, Caroline Fahey ’12 and Connor Perry ’12 have. After submitting their work to the YoungArts awards competition, both were awarded Honorable Mentions for their work.
Perry received an Honorable Mention for his work in visual arts, and Fahey received hers for her work in photography.
According to the YoungArts Web site, “The 597 YoungArts 2012 Winners were chosen through a blind adjudication process, from more than 5,000 applicants, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all U.S. territories.”
Ted Arison, the founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, founded YoungArts in 1981. Finalists receive the opportunity to attend YoungArts week in Miami, Florida in January 2012. There, they can classes in their expertise, taught by world-renowned artists.
“I heard about [the contest] through many art schools on their scholarship pages, which mention YoungArts as a scholarship,” said Fahey, who is applying to arts schools for next year.
“Narrowing down to my ten pieces I submitted was pretty brutal, but it taught me a lot about how my pieces are connected and which belong with which… like putting together a puzzle,” said Perry.
Although Perry and Fahey were not finalists, they did receive monetary awards and placed among the ranks of thousands of YoungArts alumni, including famous R&B artist Nicki Minaj.
Said Perry after his win, “It gave me a better sense of who else is out there making art – people I might meet later.”
Both Perry and Fahey have been involved in art throughout high school. Now is an even more exciting time for them to receive this award as they consider their options for art schools next year.
“Visual art is the way I choose to communicate my ideas and explore them,” said Perry. Fahey agreed: “Photography is my way of telling a story. And as most people know I love talking, telling things, sharing – and photography is an even better way to do so.”
“[The award] boosts my confidence and pushes me to work harder,” said Fahey. “I feel very proud and accomplished. I feel like I am going somewhere and my art is pushing me forward.”