BlackRock Center for the Arts Presents First Virtual Exhibit of Student Art

Exhibit showcases quarantine experiences of students in grades K-12

GERMANTOWN, Md. (May 22, 2020) – BlackRock Center for the Arts presents “Quotable Quarantine,” its first virtual art exhibit created by local students in grades K-12. “Quotable Quarantine” features 155 pieces of original artwork accompanied by a quote that captures each young artist’s quarantine experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual exhibit can be viewed on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrockcenter.org/quotablequarantine.

“BlackRock wanted to provide students with an opportunity to express themselves and feel connected through the arts during this challenging time,” said Lynn Arndt, Chief Executive Officer at BlackRock Center for the Arts. “We are incredibly impressed and moved by the artistry and words these students used to express their quarantine experience.”

"Quotable Quarantine" features works of art by students in a variety of media including: drawings, painting, photography, digital art, collage, oil, ink print, mixed media, sculpture, and contemporary craft. The top works of art in each grade group—K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12—were selected through an online public voting poll by more than 1,300 people based on the artworks’ interpretation of theme, creativity and originality, quality of artistic composition, and overall impression. Awards were also granted by the Art League of Germantown and BlackRock's Leadership Team to 41 artworks.

Public Voting Poll

First Place

  • “Quarantine World,” Ahana Sankarasubramanian (K-2)
  • “Fireflies on a Midsummer,” Emery Que (3-5)
  • “Kiss of Color,” Alexandra Volat (6-8)
  • “Nostalgic for Memories I Haven't Had,” Caroline Green (9-12)

Second Place

  • “Pista Shell Birds,” Advaita Gurram (K-2)
  • “Puppy on My Bed,” Allison Bu (3-5)
  • “Celebration of Spring,” Abby Kessler (6-8)
  • “Simulated Contact,” Esmeralda Romero (9-12)

Third Place

  • “Bird Paradise,” Olivia Qin (K-2)
  • “Angela,” Lorenzo Ribulotta (3-5)
  • “Classical Sadness,” Naamiah Corke (6-8)
  • “Counting your Blessings,” Grace Wilkins (9-12)

Honorable Mentions

  • “Home Sweet Home,” Mia Knobelspiesse (K-2)
  • “Hearts That Make Me Smile,” Alexandra Mantelmacher (3-5)
  • “Standing Together,” Alana McMahon (6-8)
  • “Eclectic Water-Bearer,” Sydney Reed (9-12)
BlackRock Leadership Team Awards

Honorable Mentions – Interpretation of Theme

  • “Together,” Aaron Valera Walter (K-2)
  • “Desperate for Dance,” Sophia Harnood (3-5)
  • “My Everyday Choice,” Liepa Vilkaite (6-8)
  • “Simulated Contact,” Esmeralda Romero (9-12)

Honorable Mentions – Creativity and Originality

  • “My Coronavirus Picture,” Gustave Peterson (K-2)
  • “Sunset,” Ellie Gray (3-5)
  • “The Aspiration for Going Out,” Mirai Sakamoto (6-8)
  • “How to Mend a Broken Heart,” Mya Leatherbury (9-12)

Honorable Mentions – Quality of Artistic Impressions

  • “Quarantine World,” Ahana Sankarasubramanian (K-2)
  • “Puppy on My Bed,” Allison Bu (3-5)
  • “Classical Sadness,” Namaaih Corke (6-8)
  • “How to Mend a Broken Heart,” Mya Leatherbury (9-12)

Honorable Mentions – Overall Impressions

  • “Together,” Aaron Valera Walter (K-2)
  • “Sunset,” Ellie Gray (3-5)
  • “My Everyday Choice,” Liepa Vilkaite (6-8)
  • “Simulated Contact,” Esmeralda Romero (9-12)
Art League of Germantown Awards and Honorable Mentions

First Place

  • “Quarantine World,” Ahana Sankarasubramanian (K-2)
  • “Tranquility,” Mahita Dheenadhayalan (3-5)
  • “My Everyday Choice,” Liepa Vilkaite (6-8)
  • “Connection to the Outside,” Kelley Li (9-12)

Second Place

  • “Together,” Aaron Valera Walter (K-2)
  • “New Things: Thoughts in My Head,” Margaret Howell (3-5)
  • “Classical Sadness,” Naamiah Corke (6-8)
  • “Simulated Contact,” Esmeralda Romero (9-12)

Third Place

  • “Home Sweet Home,” Mia Knobelspiesse (K-2)
  • “Desperate for Dance,” Sophia Harnood (3-5)
  • “Optimism,” Aurora Megna (6-8)
  • “A Solemn Spring,” Kara Vaka (9-12)

Honorable Mentions – Interpretation of Theme

  • “My Quarantine Life,” Layla Tynes (K-2)
  • “The Silent Scream,” Emma King (3-5)
  • “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” Ziggy Teare (6-8)
  • “Mind Control,” Franshesca Orellana (9-12)

Honorable Mentions – Creativity and Originality

  • “Can’t Wait ‘Til It’s Over,” Sofia Lintag (K-2)
  • “The Fairy Hut,” Claire Green (3-5)
  • “Hope,” Kaia T. (6-8)
  • “Unexpected Productivity,” Andrea Michel (9-12)

Honorable Mentions – Quality of Artistic Impressions

  • “Protect the Community from Corona Virus,” Nyoshi Upadhyay (K-2)
  • “Beauty of Nature,” Aryana Ali-Pradhan (3-5)
  • “Rainbow Spring,” Norah Braun (6-8)
  • “Isolation,” Linnea Nave Griesmann (9-12)

Honorable Mentions – Overall Impression

  • “Bird Paradise” by Olivia Qin (K-2)
  • “Puppy on My Bed,” Allison Bu (3-5)
  • “Standing Together,” Alana McMahon (6-8)
  • “Fragments,” Sena Hordoffa (9-12)

“Quotable Quarantine” can be viewed virtually on BlackRock’s website from May 22 – July 3 and in person in BlackRock’s Kay Gallery and Gallery II when BlackRock can safely re-open.

About BlackRock Center for the Arts
BlackRock Center for the Arts brings inspiring performing and visual arts experiences to diverse audiences of all ages in a welcoming and intimate setting, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts.

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