AUGUSTA – Twenty-two young Maine artists will soon have an audience of tens of thousands of their fellow students and teachers for their artwork.
A painting, drawing or photograph from each of the 22 artists representing a dozen schools has been selected to be displayed during the 2014-15 academic year on devices provided to schools by the Maine Department of Education through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI).
Through MLTI, the State provides either an Apple iPad, MacBook Air or an HP ProBook laptop to all seventh and eighth graders and teachers in grades 7-12. High schools also have the option to participate by leasing competitively priced devices through the program for their students.
The more than 70,000 devices in schools through the initiative will feature the student artwork on their screensavers starting next fall. For MLTI devices without a screensaver setting, the images will be made available as a download, allowing students and teachers to set the image as their background.
More than 250 Maine students submitted images to be considered in this year’s contest, and an independent panel of three judges selected the winners.
The artwork challenge is an annual opportunity that has attracted entries from more than 1,200 students, grades K-12, during its six-year history. The students whose artwork was selected are also invited to attend the 2014 MLTI Student Conference free of charge.
Additionally, the winning artwork will be displayed at the Maine DOE’s offices in Augusta and on the Department’s MLTI website. Students will receive a letter of congratulations and certificate of accomplishment from Education Commissioner Jim Rier.
“I am incredibly impressed with the talent and creativity reflected in all of the entries received, especially those submitted by our 22 winners,” said Commissioner Rier. “Maine has long been celebrated for the art created by its citizens or inspired by its beauty, and these winning works show us that the next generation of Maine artists being developed in our schools today is continuing that rich tradition.”
The selected students are listed below. Their artwork is additionally available for viewing at http://www.maine.gov/mlti/about/photos.shtml.
Taylor Barnes, Houlton Jr Sr High School, Grade 10, Sunset
Audrey Beal, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 12, Bridge
Luke Krebs, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 12, Tundra
Matthew Lambert, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 10, Striations
Jane Parlee, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 11, Owls
Dominick Bernard, Deering High School, Grade 10, Eye in Triangle
Julie McGarvey, Deering High School, Grade 10, Henna on the Hand
Elana Bolles, Yarmouth High School, Grade 11, Holograms
Fiona Clarke, Yarmouth High School, Grade 11, Street in Rome
Alex Trippe, Yarmouth High School, Grade 12, Quilted Beetle
Gaelon Kolczynski, Yarmouth High School, Grade 11, Tree
Claire Donaghue, Mt Blue High School, Grade 12, Exploration
Kyaira Grondin, Frank Harrison Middle School, Grade 7, Silent Moment
Molly Harris, Bangor High School, Grade 11, Blue Sky
Abbey Kidder, Bangor High School, Grade 12, Stairs
Liam Reading, Bangor High School, Grade 11, Landscape
Maya Silver, Bangor High School, Grade 12, Wolf
Kegan MacLean, Ella Lewis School, Grade 6, Moose
Kyle Manzo, Stearns Jr Sr High School, Grade 11, Call of the Wild
Julia Sagaser, Waterville Senior High School, Grade 11, Vulture of Destruction
Gabriel Tilton, Freeport High School, Grade 12, Eye on Katahdin
Kate Trebilcock, Mt Ararat Middle School, Grade 8, Bird
For more information about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, visit www.maine.gov/mlti.