Gala Event Honors AAC Scholarship Winners

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


About Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee

The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee, a volunteer non-profit, has been in existence since 1998. We are a group of township residents and local advisors who are committed to enhancing the arts in Millburn Township.
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