From left: Lincoln Academy senior artists Lucy White, Kayla Cruz, and Kendra Gladu were recognized for state and national art awards at the March 22, 2024 LA Community Meeting.

Lincoln Academy art teacher Nina Sylvia announced last week that three LA seniors have been recognized for their visual art. Lucy White and Kayla Cruz received Maine Excellence in Arts Awards, Lucy for her relief sculpture “R to the third power,” and Kayla for her “Momento Quilt” drawing and “Through Their Windows” artist trading cards.

The Maine Excellence in Arts Education Award partners with arts education organizations and local teachers to showcase some of the best two-dimensional student artwork around the state. The work is exhibited in Augusta at the Cross office building behind the State House, and at the Commission’s offices across from the Blaine House. The work may be viewed from March 20 through May 30.

Senior Kendra Gladu was recognized with a Congressional Art Award for her graphite and acrylic piece entitled “Conundrum.” Every spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Panels of district artists select the winning entries, Kendra received an honorable mention. Maine has two districts, and there are only six awards per district.

Ms. Sylvia presented the awards to students during Lincoln Academy’s weekly Community Meeting on Friday, March 22. “I am so proud of these artists for being recognized with these well-deserved awards,” she said.