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Mineola American - Schools

Student Artwork Selected For D.C. Exhibition

Silvia M. and Celina M., both 2013 graduates of the Henry Viscardi School recently had their artwork selected by the VSA (Very Special Arts) International Art Program for Children with Disabilities for display at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library and U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., in November.  This is the first time a Viscardi student has entered the contest.


The contest theme, ‘I am…My Family,’ focused on creating two-dimensional family portraits where students pictured themselves among family members providing love and support. Silvia submitted a multi-colored, self-portrait with acrylic paint and Celina produced a pop-art self-portrait with block printing ink with four separate images, each a different color. Their creations were selected from 500+ student entries worldwide, ages 5-18, all created by students with disabilities.  


Henry Viscardi School art teacher Irene Savage said she … entered the students’ artwork because their work was truly outstanding and thought they had really challenged themselves and overcame their physical limitations to create it.”

Savage, speaking with the students, noted Silvia felt very satisfied, believing her hard work paid off, and that Celina, “never thought her artwork would be picked.”