The Beaux-Arts names the winners of the Promising Artists Awards: UNM press room
Four talented local high school students received the top Promising Artists Award from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico.
The winners are the poet Akyra Cordova from Santa Fe; Paolo Serino, Film and Digital Arts, Albuquerque; Cody Cragun, music, Rio Rancho; and Gianna Silva, dance, Albuquerque.
The Promising Artist Awards recognize the talent of high school students in New Mexico who are passionate about one of the many disciplines of the fine arts: music, painting, drawing, film, theater, dance, sculpture, art criticism, printmaking, photography and writing dramatic. .
The opportunity was open to junior and senior New Mexico high school students in all fine arts disciplines. Each student submitted an artist statement explaining how their work represented an interest in the fine arts of UNM and the department of specific interest along with a sample of their work.
The winners attended a virtual tour with CFA professors in April. During the virtual event, they received feedback on their work submitted by professors in their areas of interest. Each laureate received a scholarship to attend UNM Fine Arts for their first two semesters of study.
“I’m proud of these amazing high school students,” said CFA Dean Harris Smith. “I had the pleasure of having this opportunity to support these students, especially during this inconceivable year. Hopefully next year we can have an in-person awards ceremony to show these students the amazing UNM Fine Arts campus and the amazing students at our university.
UNM Fine Arts is a vibrant visual and performing arts college for Albuquerque’s burgeoning arts community, with over 20 elective undergraduate degrees and 150 full-time faculty members. UNM Fine Arts presents more than 300 public performances, exhibitions, installations and artistic discussions each year produced by its creative students and teachers. Visit the CFA website for more information.