February 15, 2023

Award Winners Recognized at Phillips’ Mill Youth Exhibition

“PORTRAIT OF A DREAMER”: This painting by Delia McHugh of Central Bucks High School West was awarded Best in Show at the “10th Annual Youth Art Exhibition” at Phillips’ Mill in New Hope, Pa. The exhibition runs through February 19.

The Phillips’ Mill Community Association recognized student award winners at the “10th Annual Youth Art Exhibition” Awards Ceremony in its historic Mill in New Hope, Pa., surrounded by 140 works of art by students from area high schools. The show runs through Sunday, February 19.

Kenoka Wagner, a prolific artist and owner of the 2nd Floor Art Gallery in Revere, Pa., was the juror of awards selection for this year’s show.  A mixed media artist, painter, printmaker and sculptor, Wagner said, “There were so many amazing, inspired works in this year’s ‘Youth Art Exhibition at Phillips’ Mill.’ I wish I could have given them all awards.”

Wagner selected awards in five categories with digital art making a debut this year: Painting, Works on Paper, 3-Dimensional Art, Photography (film and digital), and Digital Art (excluding photography). 

Best in Show honors went to Delia McHugh from Central Bucks High School West for her painting, Portrait of a Dreamer. Wagner said he selected the piece for “its unteachable sensitivity, originality in the use of materials, conveyance of theme, and overall presentation.”

Also garnering top honors in their categories were Suren Tarafder of West Windsor-Plainsboro South for painting, Sam; Ryan Bender of Central Bucks High School West for works on paper, Richfield 1959; Britney Thompson of George School for 3-dimensional works, Untitled; Kristina Wang of Princeton Day School for photography, 8 Degrees; and Eva Cheng of The Hun School for digital art, Inner Beauty.

In total, 22 public and private schools from a 25-mile radius of the Mill are participating in this year’s show. Its final two days are February 18 and 19, from 12 to 4 p.m., at Phillips’ Mill, 2619 River Road, just north of New Hope, Pa. It can also be viewed online at  phillipsmill.org/art/youth-art-exhibition.