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Announcing the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest Adjudication Panel

Final Chance to Enter the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest

Art Experts and Prominent Westchester Community Leaders Judge Public Art Opportunity for Teen Students

White Plains, NY – It’s the final chance for Westchester County teen artists to enter the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest! The contest gives talented local students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with a professional mural artist to create a mural on a public canvas representing the theme of “Multi-Cultural Music.” Students also have the rare chance to have their artwork evaluated by an impressive group of art experts and community leaders from Westchester County and New York City. The “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest is open now for submissions from students in grades 7-12 residing in Westchester County, NY through Friday, May 11, 2018.

The “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Conservatory is honored to be a recipient in this nationally competitive award program.

In addition to collaborating professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch, the contest adjudication panel includes:

  • Margaret Adasko, Curator of Education, Katonah Museum of Art
  • Samantha De Tillio, Assistant Curator, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Michael Dweck, Treasurer and Board Trustee, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Jimmy Fink, Radio Personality and Producer at 107.1 The Peak
  • Lynn Honeysett, Former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center
  • Janet Langsam, CEO of Arts Westchester
  • Amy R. Paulin, Assemblymember for the 88th District

“I am happy to participate in the ‘Colors of Music’ Student Mural Contest to give aspiring artists in Westchester County the opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale). “All great cultures have at their core a reverence for art in public spaces and the duty to foster the next generation as they explore their talents and means of expression. Westchester County will hopefully be enriched by these artists for a long time to come.”

The winner and three runners up will collaborate with Mr. Villoch to create the final mural design. All four original designs will be incorporated into the mural to be painted on the south-facing exterior wall of the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains. Reflecting the welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant essence of the community music school, the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest gives visual presence to the sounds of music, and encourages students of all backgrounds to share their creativity with the community.

“The contest will hopefully encourage young artists to consider ways that art can facilitate dialogues, and lend a voice to those not always at the center of dominant cultural conversations,” Samantha De Tillio, contest judge and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design said of the greater messages that student contestants can share with their artwork in the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest.

This opportunity is open to all eligible residents of Westchester County, and current students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester. Entrants must currently be in grades 7-12. Contest entries will be accepted until Friday, May 11, 2018. Original art submissions will show the student’s interpretation of “Multi-Cultural Music” using a variety of mixed media of the student’s choice. Copyrighted material or images of celebrities will not be allowed. The Conservatory asks that students limit artwork to images of family friendly subject matter.

Winners will be selected in two rounds of judging: Round 1 will be a digital submission round accepted via email. If chosen for Round 2, the original artwork must be mailed or dropped off at the Music Conservatory of Westchester to be considered for winning the contest.

Student entrants must complete and send a submission form signed by their parents and a digital copy of their artwork to [email protected].

For more information about the contest guidelines and to complete the submission form, visit: www.musicconservatory.org/colorsofmusiccontest

Winners will be announced Friday, June 15, 2018. The finished mural will be unveiled at an outdoor community event on Sunday, September 30, 2018. All are invited to join the Conservatory for live music, food trucks, family fun, and celebrating a public exhibit of youth art reflecting the vibrant diversity of our community.

For more information about this contest and/or the Music Conservatory of Westchester, please contact Adriana Rivera, Communications and Development Assistant, at [email protected] or 914-761-3900 x135.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester was founded in 1929 by a group of community members and renowned artists. Today, the Conservatory provides the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community, from absolute beginners to advanced artists, with one-on-one instruction, performing ensembles, theory, composition, early childhood classes, lifelong learning for adults, and free community performances, serving 2,900 students each year from 4 months to over 80 years old. As a not-for-profit organization, the Conservatory is dedicated to serving the community and reaching out to those who would not otherwise have access. Our Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance for financially deserving students. The Music Therapy Institute brings music into the lives of 1,900 children and adults with disabilities each year through on-site and outreach programs. Healing Our Heroes offers military veterans a specialized music therapy program to help with recovery after their service. The Conservatory has inspired generations of students, and contributed to a vibrant musical life in the county, the region, and beyond.


About the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

About the Artist, Jonathan Villoch

Jonathan Villoch is a Cuban-American artist originally from Miami Beach, Florida. Jonathan’s earliest influences were the colors, shapes and textures his Cuban grandmother used to create patterns for dresses. Mr. Villoch earned a B.A. in Studio Art and a M.S. in Education from Lehman College. He has created acclaimed wall murals and art installations around the country. Additionally, his work has been exhibited at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Frederico Seve Gallery, and Allegra
LaViola Gallery in New
York City; for The Bakehouse in Miami; and at Aisle One Gallery in St. Louis. He is a high school art teacher in Brooklyn public schools, working with under-privileged and disenfranchised youth. He has curated an art exhibition with Variety the Children’s Charity featuring the work of homeless LGBTQ teens; created a large mural with children on the autism spectrum for AHRC; and recently served as a judge in a borough-wide student art competition organized by the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects.