Painting Earns Kennedy Artist Jessica Rosen a Gold Medal

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A dedicated honor student who juggles a challenging AP workload, Kennedy High School senior Jessica Rosen said she uses oil painting as a release.

Rosen’s painting “Tied Up” has been awarded a prestigious National Gold Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  

Jessica received a Gold Key at the regional level prior to learning of this national accomplishment for both “Tied Up” and “Within the Shadow,” as well as two Silver Keys for her Art Portfolio, “What They Want Vs. Who I Am” and her painting, “Grandpa.”

“I have always been an academic and self-disciplined person,” Rosen said. “I love painting as a form of self-expression.”

Her AP art teacher Vanessa Albaneze said Rosen is one of those students who creates beautiful art out of pure enjoyment, not just to satisfy school assignments.

“She consistently challenges herself and understands that only practice and work will get you to where you want to be... it is not only about having ‘talent,’” Albaneze added. “She has no fear when it comes to painting and she often becomes so excited by a new idea that she can not wait to start.”

Other students who placed in the competition include: Matthew Klein, Gold Key - Digital Art - "Self – Portrait;” Madison Renck, Silver Key - Fashion - "Making Headlines" and Nina Weissbach, Silver Key - Photography – “Communication.” Samantha Fried and Weissbach received honorable mention nods for their Drawing & Illustration submissions, "Red Glasses" and "Just Breathe,” respectively.

Teens in grades 7–12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing which are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Rosen will be attending the Scholastic Art & Writing National Awards Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 7. She plans to study at Colgate University in the fall.