KENT ISLAND — “Good Horsemanship” by Jayden Mullinix, a senior at Kent Island High School, and “I Am,” by Skye Lizmi, a sixth-grader at Stevensville Middle School, are two outstanding artworks representing Queen Anne’s County Public Schools in First Lady Yumi Hogan’s Statewide Virtual Gallery Exhibit.

This exhibition is traditionally held bi-annually, and in most years the art is displayed in the House of Delegates building in Annapolis. This year, the exhibition moved to a virtual platform for the first time ever and featured two pieces of student artwork from each Maryland jurisdiction.

On Oct. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m., the student artists from Maryland’s 24 local school systems all gathered virtually and were honored. The opening reception was open to all invited guests, which included families, friends, teachers, administrators and art supervisors. During this reception, First Lady Yumi Hogan and other arts leaders across the state shared inspiring words as everyone got to view all of the student artwork together in the virtual exhibition space for the very first time. In Queen Anne’s County, principals were also in attendance to support QACPS’ outstanding artists who have been racking up numerous regional and national art honors over the past two years.

Jayden, who is no stranger to success in art over the past two years, has been awarded first place at the Academy Art Museum, participated in the districts’ first ever ArtScene and has been featured as a KIHS “Arts Teen of the Week” in 2019. In spring 2020, Jayden became a Scholastic Art Honorable Mention Award Winner for teacher Andrea Schulte, who said she was excited to submit “Good Horsemanship” to this statewide exhibition. Schulte said she believes Jayden has a tremendous future ahead in the arts.

“I am truly honored to have my artwork in the Fist Lady’s Art show and to be one of the only people chosen from my county. I would never be able to make it to this level without my teachers, Mrs. Schulte and Ms. (Michele) Moyer,” said Jayden. “They have taught me so much and have given me countless opportunities in the arts while I’ve been at KIHS. I don’t know where I would be today without them! After high school I plan on attending an art school to help me on my journey of pursuing my art.”

Just down the road at Stevensville Middle School, Holly Schrader’s student artist, Skye Lizmi, shared what her art means to her.

“Art means different things to a lot of different people. To some, art is a hobby. To others, art is a profession. To me, art is a way to get rid of your stress and express your creativity,” Skye said. “If I’m ever having a bad day, art is my way to get away from any problems and have some fun.”

Schrader also shared her excitement and passion for her students’ art as more of a philosophy: “The arts complete and complement other subjects well and provide a well-rounded education that every child should have.”

Queen Anne’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Andrea Kane also shared in the excitement, “Congratulations Ms. Schulte and Ms. Schrader! Congratulations also to our students. Well done everyone!”

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