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RHS Students Place in Blackwell Street Exhibit


RHS Students Place in Blackwell Street Exhibit 


ROXBURY, NJ (April 11, 2017) – Talented art students from Roxbury High School have numerous placings and artwork on display at the Blackwell Street exhibit in Morristown. This 4-floor exhibit in the Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public and runs through April 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Blackwell Street gives students the opportunity to show their best artwork. Submitted work from high schools throughout Morris County go through a jurying process by the all-volunteer member of the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, who organize, hang, and administer the show. 

“Typically, half of the work submitted is accepted for display. This year 45 works were accepted out of 83 submissions from Roxbury High School students who spanned from Art I to AP Art Studio,” shared Joann Hughes, art teacher and fine arts lead teacher at the school. 

These young artists were in person at the Artist’s Reception on Friday, March 31st from 7-9 p.m. 

There were multiple ribbon categories, with Best In Show and the First Place ribbons receiving monetary prizes. 

Senior Zoe Paxos won Best In Show for her “Head of Hares” in graphite and was awarded the Annake Prior Award by Elaine Provost. Traditionally, the plaque is loaned to the Best of Show High School for a period of one year. 

Paxos also received first place for her pencil drawing of “Pile of Pigs”. 

Other first place award recipients include seniors Juanita Toro for “Curvosa” in decorative ceramics and Kahli Suggs-Barnes for her photography entitled “Unseen”. 

Second place recipients were senior Emily Koepfler for “Lief Erikson” in decorative ceramics, junior Walt Chavarria for “Seussical Box” in sculpture, and senior Kaley Ubellacker for “Undone” in 2-D mixed media. 

Third place recipients were juniors Gianna Canzonieri for “Fuchsia Ruler” in watercolor and Chelsea Bailey for “Twindling” in color pencil. Senior Leanna Bacani and Junior Brittany Burke tied for third in decorative ceramics. 

Seniors Flynn Forester for “From Every Angle” in computer art and Shannon Rickley for “Dionysis” in 2-D multi-media also received Honorable Mention Awards.


PHOTOS ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury High School)

- Zoe Paxos Piece Best in Show

- Zoe Paxos with her Best in Show Piece

- Zoe Paxos Best in Show Piece Up Close

- Zoe Paxos Awarded Annake Prior Award by Elaine Provost

- Zoe Paxos First Place Award for Pile of Pigs

- Zoe Paxos First Place Award for Pile of Pigs with Parents

- Juanita Toro First Place for Curvosa in Decorative Ceramics

- Kahli Suggs-Barnes First Place for Unseen in Photography

- Kahli Suggs-Barnes First Place for Unseen in Photography Up close

- Emily Koepfler Second Place for Lief Erikson in Decorative Ceramics

- Walt Chavarria Second Place for Seussical Box in Sculpture

- Kaley Ubellacker Second Place for Undone in 2D Mixed Media

- Gianna Canzoniero Third Place for Fuchsia Ruler in Watercolor

- Gianna Canzoniero Third Place for Fuchsia Ruler in Watercolor up close

- Chelsea Bailey Third Place for Twindling in Color Pencil

- Leanna Bacani and Brittany Burke tie for third in decorative ceramics

- Flynn Forester Honorable Mention for From Every Angle

- Shannon Rickley Honorable Mention for Dionysis 


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community Relations coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699.



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