Winners Announced of WAC’s High School Student Art Exhibition

By Leslie LaSala

Westport, CT – The Westport Arts Center is excited to announce the high school student artists selected for the Tracy Sugarman Award and the People’s Choice Award in its fourth annual High School Student Art Exhibition, currently on view through June 2, 2018.

Staples High School senior Lilianna Giaume of Westport, CT was chosen as the recipient of the Tracy Sugarman Award for her oil painting, The Caw of Mutiny, an interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven. The Tracy Sugarman Award was given to the Juror’s Choice for best submission among Westport students.

Staples High School sophomore Maise Prince of Westport, CT won the People’s Choice award for her charcoal on paper work, Fro, featuring a student in her art class. The public was invited to vote for their favorite work between March 23 and April 19.

A third award, the Sontag Advisory “Best In Show” Award, will be announced in a separate ceremony.

Elizabeth Gorayeb served as the juror for the high school exhibition and selected the Tracy Sugarman Award and Sontag Advisory “Best In Show” winners.

Gorayeb is the Executive Director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc., a non-profit art historical research foundation based in New York. For nearly two decades, Gorayeb has specialized in art historical research on the provenance and attribution of works of art. She is also the curator for the Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art exhibition, also on view at the Arts Center through June 2.

Of the High School Student Art Exhibition, Gorayeb stated, “Over all, the works submitted for consideration evidence a sensitivity and patience that is not always attributed to this fast-paced generation. The fact that these students chose to represent the world around them, in some cases with painstaking detail and careful observation, speaks to the craving that we all have during the digital age to connect.”

The high school Call For Entries was open to students throughout Fairfield County. Westport residents and/or students that attend a Westport High School were eligible for the Tracy Sugarman Award.

Selected high school artists include:

  • Noah Anderson, Stratford
  • Sina Baykal-Rollins, Westport
  • Arianna Berman, Weston
  • William Besgen III, New Canaan
  • Isabella Christian, Shelton
  • Shannon Cobaugh, Derby
  • Charlotte Cohen, Westport
  • Noelia De Jesus, Norwalk
  • Aidan Delgass, Westport
  • Sophie Dinitz, Westport
  • Hesper Du, Fairfield
  • Tiffany Ferreira, Bridgeport
  • Lily Fine, Stamford
  • Lilianna Giaume, Westport (Tracy Sugarman Award)
  • Savannah Gonzalez, Redding
  • Diana Hoffman, Westport
  • Mary Joyce, New Canaan
  • Saige Kanik, Westport
  • Roman Khystan, Stamford
  • Sarah Klein, Old Greenwich
  • Emerson Kobak, Westport
  • Alexa Kripke, Weston
  • Serena Ladouceur, Stamford
  • Sophie Lewis, Fairfield
  • Kathryn Martinez, Stratford
  • Catherine Massa, Redding
  • Madeline McHale, Westport
  • Quinn McMahon, Westport
  • Whitney O’Reardon, Westport
  • Alexa Policano, Weston
  • Olivia Porretta, Westport
  • Maise Prince, Westport (People’s Choice Award)
  • Ben Roland, WestportDestini Smith, Stamford
    Paige Stein, New Canaan
  • Vicki Stuart, Fairfield
  • David Tran, Stratford

For more information on the exhibitions, or other student events and classes, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203.222-7070 or visit

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.