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Springfield High art student recognized nationally

March 20, 2015
The Balancing Act

Martin's winning photo

Springfield High School senior Claire Martin has been recognized nationally for her photography, and her work will be shown across the country in a traveling exhibit for the next two years sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Martin received the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards American Visions Medal, one of only five finalists in the region and three winners in the state. It is the highest distinction amongst 50 other gold and silver medalists from Illinois and 2,000 from the rest of the country. There are approximately 255,000 total submissions internationally.

Martin’s photo titled “The Balancing Act” depicts a young woman standing on a mattress in the middle of a grocery store. It is one in a series of photos where Martin explores the theme of women and all of their roles and the idea that even when they are supposed to be relaxing, they are still consumed with daily responsibilities that never go away. Other photos in the series portray a woman on a mattress in a church and a laundromat.

Martin is in her second year of Cindy Huffman’s AP Studio Photography class and fourth year of art overall. She would like to pursue art in college but is also considering other career paths.

“Claire is an extremely talented and promising young artist,” said Huffman. “I am proud of her hard work and dedication and could not be more thrilled that she has received such a prestigious honor.”

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are for teens in grades seven through 12. They can apply in 28 categories of art and writing. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.