The 14th Annual Art Advisory Committee Art Scholarship Awards were celebrated at the Millburn Library on May 21, 2019. This gala event began with the artworks on display in the library gallery, proceeded to a catered dinner, and culminated in the distribution of awards to the winning Millburn High School art students.
The 13 Seniors and Juniors were awarded gift certificates, art supplies, and other gifts. The evening also included two short films. The first honored Kathleen Harte Gilsenan, MHS AP Art Instructor, who has been an integral part of the scholarship program. She also received the Kruger Rhodes award at the Millburn Film Festival this year, and the tribute video created by Alex DeRosa from that event was shown. A short animated video, “All Together, Life is Beautiful”, by previous Scholarship award winner Morgan Gruer was also screened.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the awards by AAC Chair Laraine Brennan Barach. In her speech, she lauded the students for their talent and hard work, and encouraged them as the move on from Millburn. “Life is also a canvas. Fill it with what you love and your art will flourish!”
The AAC thanks Mary Weber and Kathleen Harte Gilsenan of the MHS Art Department, Michael Banick and the entire staff at the Millburn Free Public Library, Allen and Bonnie Shefts of Jerry’s Artist Outlet, John Matarazo of Jalm Short Hills, Nick and Brenda Rizzo of Nicholas Rizzo Fine Arts, Cathy Scorcese Productions, Print Media, Millburn Camera, Kings Catering, Stephanie Murphy of Greenwood Gardens, The Millburn Short Hills Historical Society, Janis Werner for technical assistance, Jon Sym for publicity, Laura San Fillippo for photography, and Rich Galiano, piano player.
The artworks will remain on display in the library gallery through May 28, 2019.
Photography by Laura San Fillippo. Additional photography Steve Barach and Victoria Plummer.
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Video “All Together, Life is Beautiful” by Morgan Gruer follows photos
Yizhe Zhang, Betty Zheng, Annie Tan, Alex DeRosa, Caroline Vestergaard, Kate Lama, Morgan Osmun, Jordyn Axelrod, Maggie Ma, Maya Gangan, Eden Elder, Emily Wolf
Pianist Rich Galiano
AAC Scholarship winner Eden Elder with family
Mayor Diane Eglow and AAC Member Michelle San Fillippo
Amy Tan and mother with her artwork
Kate Lama with artwork
Mayor Diane Eglow with Michelle San Fillippo
MHS Principal William Miron with AAC Chair Laraine Brennan Barach
AAC Chair Laraine Brennan Barach, Mayor Diane Eglow and AAC Vice President Amy McGovern
Victoria Plummer, Andrew Permison, Laraine Brennan Barach, Daine Eglow, Amy McGovern and Michael Banick
Michael Banick and Harol Lefkowitz
Michael Banick, Millburn Library Director with Staff and Friends of Library- Neena, Yujing, Dorothy and Barbara
Kathleen Harte Gllsenan, Karl Mink of Millburn Camera, Naomi Gruer and David Klein
Mr and Mrs Jon Sym
Doris Cheng, Ben DeRosa and Victoria Plummer
Jordyn Axelrod and her mother
Judy Kramer, Vera Collitti, Alyssa Russo, Michelle Miller and Jean Weill
Maggie Ma with her mother and grandmother
Kathleen Harte Gilsenan and Laraine Brennan Barach
Michelle San Fillippo, Jordyn Axelrod and Laraine Brennan Barach
Eden Elder receives her award from Laraine Brennan Barach
Victoria Plummer, Emily Wolf and Laraine Brennan Barach
Amy McGovern, Morgan Osmun and Laraine Brennan Barach
Michelle San Fillippo, Betty Zhang and Laraine Brennan Barach
Amy Tan and Laraine Brennan Barach
Andrew Permison, Timothy Hong and Laraine Brennan Barach
Donna Davis, Maya Gagnan and Laraine Brennan Barach
Andrew Permison, Maggie Ma and Laraine Barach
Betty Zheng, Amy Tan, Caroline Vertergard, Kate Lama and Alex DeRosa