It is a great honor to be part of the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE) and The Georgia Watercolor Society’s Judy Greenberg Scholarship Program. I have been fortunate to co-juror for the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition with Director Becky Raffalovich and other professional artists in this important program for the past four years and six years with the Georgia Watercolor Society's Judy Greenberg Scholarship Program.
Before that time I had been thinking of ways to give back to my community and have found an opportunity to encourage others through these organizations. I created an award called The LUCY Award which is given in honor of my great Aunt Lucy Colon. It is presented to a student who represents creativity and ability to convey their story with unequivocal passion. The art pieces of these students are displayed every year at Atlanta's Annual Dogwood Festival.
My great Aunt Lucy always encouraged my creativity. She had a teemed love for all forms of art and stressed the importance of sharing it. Even though she is no longer with us, her memory and love is a constant and I choose to honor her by presenting and encouraging other young artists. It is my hope that these artists continue to pursue their stories and inspire those who have the privilege in viewing their work.
Presented to Miss Jordan Watkins for her graphite work "Habesha". It was based on the brother. She was awarded $75 gift card, a sketch book along with this award/plaque.
Presented to Miss Emily Reece for her pencil artwork "Something for Nothing". She was awarded $75, a sketch book, along with the award/plaque. Although she was unable to make it on time, her teacher was able to present to her the award. Luckily we were able see each other after the show.
Presented to Mr. Jaden Williams for "Coming of Age". This was the first year were presented The LUCY Award. It is my hope that this young man continues to pursue this story and inspire. He truly fit what this award represents. He was kind and driven young man with ambition to be an architect. Hopefully the award can be a reminder to keep pushing.
Presented to Miss Minji Lee for her sculpture "Algae Bloom" She was awarded a $50 gift card, a sketch book along with this award/plaque
Presented to Miss Minji Lee for her sculpture "Algae Bloom". Although the student Mini Lee was traveling off to college at this time I had awarded her what I called "The Spark Award" at the time.
Presented to Miss Sarah Jackson for Illustration "That's Just Creepy" She was award a gift card, a sketch book, along with a plaque. Unfortunately Miss Jackson was unable to attend the ceremony but her teacher was kind to present the award on my behalf.