Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fine Arts Center Students Named YoungArts Winners

Anna BurkhardtThree Fine Arts Center students have been named winners in the 2018 YoungArts competition. They are Anna Burkhardt, a senior in the Fiber program, Sam Parrini, a senior Strings Chamber Music violinist, and Rachel Yi, a senior Chamber Music violinist. Anna earned a Merit Award in Visual Arts, while Sam and Rachel earned Merit Awards in Classical Music/Violin.

Sam ParriniSelected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

Rachel YiAdditionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.

The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.

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