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Annual Student Artist Invitational

The Student Artist Invitational was an annual event for 10 years at the SCC, but it will no longer be happening, as of 2010/11. We sincerely thank the 19 or so schools for their past participation.

We also acknowledge all the volunteers who helped put on the show, the judges and the donors, musicians, and most of all, the thousands of students who showed their work over the last decade.

10th Annual Student Artist Invitational in 2009/2010

Dear Teachers,

Thanks again for your participation in the 2010 SAI. The Winners Show was up for two weeks at the Levitas Center, and Kaitlyn Ferris did a terrific job mounting her first One-Woman-Show.

Very best regards,

Ann Lombardo

"Student Show Has A New Edge" - article in the Southampton Press:

The Southampton Cultural Center is proud to announce the 2010 winners of the Student Artist Invitational, Long Island’s premier juried high school art show.

These High School juniors and seniors are among the most focused and talented young artists in Suffolk County. The show is open to all high schools in the 119xx zip codes.

These schools participated: Westhampton Beach, Ross, McGann-Mercy, Riverhead, Southampton, Center Moriches, Mattituck and East Hampton.

Over 100 pieces were entered, from which 56 were selected to hang in the exhibit at the Levitas Center For the Arts on January 9th, 2010.

A public reception and awards ceremony will be at 4:30 on January 9th.

The esteemed judges this year are established gallery owners and professional working artists.

They included Karen Boltax of Boltax Gallery in Shelter Island, Laura Grenning of Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, James Daga Albinson, artist and Marilyn Stevenson, photographer. Every judge complained, “It’s too hard to pick! The works are of a very high quality”. Show information at:

Kaitlyn Ferris
photograph entitled: Personal Strength
Kaitlyn attends Riverhead High School.

More images and winners names are attached and shown here:

Best Painting
Andrew Waller
-Self Portrait-
East Hampton High School

Best Drawing
Hannah Baglivi
Mattituck High School

2 Best Photos:
Ula Gradowska
‘Queen of Hearts’

Pat Fallon
East Hampton

Best in Computer Art
Holly Williams

Juried Art Exhibition and Competition
January 9th to February 7th, 2010

For larger images, please visit the image gallery (click here).

The Student Artist Invitational has evolved over the last decade, and is now going to make a leap to a new level. The goal is to give students a true premier invitational experience, stellar opportunity for their college application process, authentic professional artist experience. And, one little plus for the teachers: fewer works of art to be carted to and fro!

We intend to make this known to college admission recruiters, collaborating to lift the prestige of the show, the students and all participants to new, higher levels in fine art.

This will be a true Invitational. Students will submit work in advance for jury review by renowned artists-not all will be accepted.

LOCATION: The Levitas Center For The Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

ELIGIBILITY: 11th & 12th grade high school students whose schools are in the 119xx zip code area

• Drawing
• Painting
• Photography
• Sculpture

• Work must have been created by current junior or senior
• 2-D work must not exceed 50” in height or width
• All 2-D work must be framed; wrapped, or have painted edges,with screw eyes and tightly secured wire attached & ready for hanging
• All work must be completely dry
• 3-D sculptors must provide suitable bases for display

LIMIT: Submissions should be 1200 x 1200 pixels maximum, JPG format. Maximum submission 1 piece per student to be submitted electronically for judging NOVEMBER 6TH. All images must be emailed or delivered on a disc to: SCC, PO Box 5008, Southampton, NY 11969. Email to:

JUDGING: Judging will be done based on these images by a panel of well established artists.

Best in Show
Best in Each Major Category

Winner will be entitled to a Solo Show at the Levitas Center For The Arts. Every effort will be made to promote and highlight participants’ achievements.

APPLICATION: Applications must be received by November 9th allowing time for judging, hanging and printing.
Applicants should be careful to identify each submitted piece very clearly and accurately. Include: ARTIST NAME, SCHOOL, EMAIL, PHONE, ARTWORK TITLE, SIZE, MEDIUM.

• November 6th 2009 work must be sent on disc or email-identify the pieces clearly
• November 23rd applicants will be notified if they’ve been accepted or denied
• January 6th, 2010, actual art drop off date at the center on Pond Lane
• January 9th, 4:30 to 6 pm, Awards and Opening Reception, all welcome
• Gallery hours to be determined, and by appointment
• February 7th, Pick up all artwork. 4pm to 6pm

Visit to keep abreast of show progress and information. Also, any questions or concerns please call or email Ann Lombardo, 631 726 0120 or

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