Norwalk Mayor’s Gallery to showcase student work

Judges for Ralph Sloan Student Art Awards 2017: (left to right) Danielle Vinci, Danielle Calloway Robinson, Margaret Alcock Prezzano, Anne Wagner Haymon and Malene Barnett. (Contributed)

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Celebration at the Mayor’s Gallery “Focus on Youth: The 2017 Ralph Sloan Art Awards”


NORWALK (September 25, 2017) On Tuesday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will welcome the community to view and celebrate the current exhibition in the Mayor’s Gallery, Second Floor, Norwalk City Hall. The Norwalk Arts Commission invites all in the community to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

           The Norwalk Mayor’s Gallery exhibition, titled “Focus on Youth: The 2017 Ralph Sloan Award Winners” features artwork created during the 2016-17 school year by Norwalk public school students. Each spring members of the Norwalk community are invited to view the Norwalk Public School’s City-Wide Art Show. During the annual show, a jury of arts professionals, who attended Norwalk public schools, selects the best work which is then framed and becomes part of the Norwalk Board of Education’s Ralph Sloan Student Art Gallery, a permanent collection located on the third floor of Norwalk City Hall.

Judges for the 2017 Student Art Awards were Danielle Vinci, artist and Norwalk  Housing Authority After School Arts Program Coordinator, Norwalk High School 2009; Danielle Calloway Robinson, professional photographer, Brien McMahon High School 2004; Margaret Alcock Prezzano, artist, Norwalk High School 1975; Anne Wagner Haymon, artist and arts educator, Norwalk High School 1968; and Malene Barnett, artist and designer, Norwalk High School 1990.

Ralph Sloan served as Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools from 1983-1998. After he retired, it was decided that the student art collection would be named in his honor. Twenty-five years later, the Ralph Sloan Student Art Collection continues to grow, offering outstanding examples of Norwalk public school student art to all who visit the Norwalk Board of Education at Norwalk City Hall. Today the collection includes more than 200 examples of award-winning student artwork.

Mayor’s gallery curator Melissa Slattery comments: “We truly appreciate the judges for this year’s Ralph Sloan Art Awards who selected 8 awardees from among an amazing range of creativity and talent evident in Norwalk’s public school students, thanks to the great work of their art teachers. The judges had a difficult time narrowing their selection to these eight outstanding artworks. Please take a few minutes from your day to visit the Mayor’s Gallery on the second floor of Norwalk City Hall and enjoy the wonderful works on display. It will surely make you “Norwalk Proud!”

Student award winners and their art teachers, in the Mayor’s Gallery “Focus on Youth 2017” exhibition include:

  • Jarold Eastman, “Untitled,” Brien McMahon, Grade 12, Mr. Mullen, (not on display)
  • Ashley Coleman, “Stolen,” Norwalk High, Grade 12, Ms. DeLong
  • Mia Calabrese, “Prehistoric Music” West Rocks Middle School,  Grade 6, Ms. Fusarelli
  • Kelsey McClung, “The Deep,” Roton Middle School, Grade 7, Ms. Bronner
  • Joseph Cruz, “Flowers in Blue,” Nathan Hale Middle School, Grade 6, Mrs. Richello
  • Mariana Maturi, “Owl,” Cranbury Elementary School, Grade 5, Mrs. Haynie
  • Jacqueline Garcia, “Mayan Mask,” Kendall Elementary School, Grade 5, Mrs. Hungaski
  • Shirley Lin, “Majestic Hands” Tracey Elementary School, Grade 5, Mrs. Siletto


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