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Award Winners Announced - Long Islands’ Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum of Art

Award  Winners Announced 

Long Islands’ Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum of Art


Huntington, NY – The Heckscher Museum of Art has announced the top awards for Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum of Art.  The prestigious competition received 387 entries from 56 high schools across Suffolk and Nassau Counties.  The juried selection narrowed the field down to 84 impressive works currently featured in the Museum.  The exhibition is on view through April 9, 2017.

The Heckscher Museum will present scholarships and prizes to a number of young artists at the Long Island’s Best.   The competition’s four top honorees are:

Ricky Vargas, senior, Valley Stream South High School, who received the Celebrate Achievement Best in Show Award for his drawing Restraining Hatred.

Shannon Culhane, junior, Northport High School, received Second Place, and the Judith Sposato Memorial Prize for her painting Release.

Kristen Miciotta, senior, Long Beach High School, received Third Place, the Hadley Prize,

for Sanguine.

Gurjot Kaur, senior, Hicksville High School, received Fourth Place for the work Fragility, a mixed media work.

In addition to the juried award winners, visitors to the exhibition were able to vote on their favorite work of student art in the Museum.  The winner of the Grumbacher Visitos Choice Award will be celebrated at reception on April 9, 2017. The winner is:

Alenya Kokoglu, sophomore, Amityville Memorial High School, Grumbacher Visitors Choice Award for Elegance,

Now in its 21st year, Long Island’s Best is a hallmark of The Heckscher Museum’s education programs. This juried exhibition is the only one of its kind on Long Island that provides students the opportunity to exhibit their artwork in a prominent museum and to be featured in a full-color catalog.  Museum visitors are treated to exceptional artwork by talented emerging artists.  For the first time, visitors will have a chance to see the artwork submitted through a digital display in the Museum that will run for the entirety of the exhibit.  In addition, Mitchells, the venerable Huntington-based department store, will feature select images from Long Island’s Best in their front window, from April 12 through May 9, 2017.

The program begins with students visiting the Museum during the school year and choosing a work of art as a point of inspiration. Students submit their original art along with a detailed artist statement. “The caliber of work is more remarkable every year,” noted Joy Weiner,

Director of Education. “And each year the artist statements become more creative and thoughtful, showing how students are using their communication skills as well as their creativity.”

Jurors for the exhibition are Lisa Chalif, Curator, Heckscher Museum of Art, and guest juror Cindy Grimm, Education Manager, Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum & Education Center.

Generous support for Long Island’s Best is provided by Robin T. Hadley, Presenting Sponsor; Strong-Cuevas Foundation, Artistic Sponsor; TD Charitable Foundation, Patron Sponsor; The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Patron Sponsor; Inna Gellerman, DDS, Gellerman Orthodontics; and RBC Wealth Management

About The Heckscher Museum of Art

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by philanthropist August Heckscher, is located in scenic Heckscher Park in Huntington, New York. Through its exhibitions and related programs, the Museum provides inspiring and transformative experiences to encourage a broader understanding of the past and present and to enrich life-long learning. The Museum’s collection comprises more than 2,500 works from the 16th to the 21st century, including European and American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit

Museum Hours

Wednesday - Friday | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm * Saturday and Sunday | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm *

Monday and Tuesday | Closed

*Huntington Township Residents admitted FREE Wednesdays after 2:00 pm and Saturdays before 1:00 pm. Proof of residency required. Free Admission for Town of Huntington Employees and Family (up to 4) and Active Military Personnel, Veterans, and Family. Available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173, a DD Form 1173-1, a Veteran’s DD-214, or a Veteran ID card and a driver’s license. Includes active military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve) or Veteran and up to five (5) family members.