On January 21, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College New York was thrilled to present its 15th annual Regional High School Student Art Exhibition (“StArt”) and its first-ever virtual art exhibition. While OSilas Gallery would typically install this show in the gallery and host over 200 students, art teachers and guests at a jubilant opening night reception, this year guests experienced the show virtually with an online tour and awards presentation. The Gallery was pleased that this new format allowed it to continue its annual high school art exhibition at this challenging time.
OSilas Gallery organizes its annual StArt exhibition to encourage and support high school artists by giving them the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting and build their credentials and portfolios for college. Art faculty from each of the participating high schools is allowed to select up to three works for inclusion in the exhibition. The exhibition is juried by a panel of five art professionals, and Certificates of Excellence are given to top entries. This year due to the pandemic, images of works were submitted online together with audio artist statements. The entire exhibition was conducted virtually. StArt 2021 features works by 53 students representing 21 public and private high schools from Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield Counties. The exhibition can be viewed online at
The following local Pelham students were among the exhibiting artists: Rachel Atlas, Lin Zhenxi and Ella Burns.
The panel of judges for StArt 2021 comprised Nelle Davis, an artist and an instructor at OSilas Art Studio; Randy Frost, an acclaimed fiber artist; Amie Hollmann, Adjunct Professor of New Media and Associate Director of Creative Services at Concordia College; Charles Little, Curator Emeritus at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters; and Nancy Little, former Director of the National Academy School of Fine Art (New York City).
StArt 2021 was sponsored by The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.