Art lessons: 2022 scholarships


When I was a high school student, my community newspaper ran an article about a sculpture I made that was on display at a small local art gallery. There was something important in seeing my work published in the newspaper. It made me feel like I was officially not just an artist, but a published artist. It meant a lot to me. I have included the newspaper clipping in my portfolio, along with some award-winning articles. I then studied at the Massachusetts College of Art, where I obtained a degree in graphic design.

A little recognition from my community has gone a long way in building my confidence as an artist, and now I have the opportunity to do the same for these students.

The MV Times, with the help of school staff and support from Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, is honored to publish this collection of artwork by the incredibly talented students of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. . We hope you enjoy the work they have created. May this be an asset in their flourishing artistic career.

Chris Baer, ​​President of Art, Design and Technology at MVRHS, helped compile the content. Alongside Tiffiney Shoquist, professor of drawing, painting and fashion; Elsbeth Todd, professor of design and architecture, cartooning, animation and 3D design; Brendan Coogan, craft and sculpture teacher, and Chris Connors, computer science, programming and web design teacher.

The MV Times print production department, along with myself, appreciated the selection of illustrations and provided the layout for this publication.

Many of the works submitted were entered into the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2021-2022 competition, and regional awards were announced on January 28, 2022. We selected some works that were not entered into the competition, as well as some that received awards. The art class can also be viewed online at, along with a full list of school award winners from MVRHS and MV Public Charter School.

–Nicole Jackson

A word from Chris Baer, ​​Head of Art, Design and Technology at MV Regional High School

Why do I feel the visual arts are especially important for students going through the COVID-19 pandemic? Whoo! It’s a big question. This year has been a year of rebuilding, as students are still relearning how to “school” – how to be students, how to navigate social structures and school rules, how to do homework and homework, and more. It’s been a stressful year for everyone – many kids lost a year of growth (not just academics). And teachers, of course, are trying to navigate the changing landscape and learn difficult lessons and new tricks. I think we’ve all grown to appreciate ways to make our school a more meaningful community for kids and to engage them in a way that isn’t just grade-focused. We try to provide projects and opportunities that engage children and give them tools to let them express themselves in new ways. This year, it’s about betting on commitment. And some kids have also discovered new ways to engage artistically at home, so we sometimes try to keep up!

MV Public Charter School Award

silver key

  • Matti Lyn FloydGrade 12, Photography, “Lost in a Wish”

Honorable mention

  • Matti Lyn FloydGrade 12, Photography, “Check to You”

MV Regional High School Award

golden keys

  • Harding Eville, Grade 12, photograph: “Connection” and “Invasive Species”; Senior Art Portfolio: “Natural Wonders”
  • Kayleigh BollinGrade 12, Photography, “Seeing Beauty”
  • Tobias Russell SchaefferGrade 10, Photography, “Youth Perspective”

silver keys

  • Dylan BowenGrade 12, Senior Art Portfolio, “Growing Up a Girl”
  • Griffin SteadGrade 11, Ceramics and Glass, “The Beast on the Tower”
  • Isabelle MerriamGrade 11, Photography, “Quiero hear”
  • Isabelle MerriamGrade 11, Photography, “Pride”
  • Jack HolmesGrade 11, Photography, “Steady Burn”
  • Kaitlin FingadoGrade 10, Photography, “That Horse Whiskey”
  • Rodeo Purves-LangerGrade 9, Photography, “Who’s Home?” »
  • Silas AbrahamGrade 12, Ceramics and Glass, “Teapot with Bamboo Handle”

Honorable Mentions

  • Beth Jennings, Grade 9, Photography, “Words can hurt, but they can also heal”
  • Clarisse Pinto, Grade 10, Film and Animation, “Monochrome”
  • Dylan Bowen, Grade 12, Photography, “Arms of Maa Durga”
  • Henri WansiewiczGrade 9, Photography, “Orientation Problems”
  • Joshua Salop, Grade 9, Photography, “Road Trip”
  • Kayleigh Bollin, Grade 12, Senior Art Portfolio, “Making the Invisible Visible”
  • Quinlan Slavin, Grade 9, Photography, “It made her do it”
  • Rodeo Purves-LangerGrade 9, Photography, “Water St.”
  • Sawyer Schaefer, Grade 9, Photography, “The Advantages of the Apple Tree”
  • Silas Abrams, Grade 12, Ceramics and Glass, “Eyeball Pot”

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