Youth Art Exhibition – 2018

January 2018

The Youth Art Exhibition was conceived when Phillips’ Mill decided to build on the success of its well respected adult Art Exhibition, which began in 1929. As the adult show seeks participation from artist living within a 25 mile radius of the Mill, the YAE solicits participation from the art departments of high schools located within a 25 mile radius of the Mill. It is the art department at each school that selects the student work. Works are juried by a juror selected by the Mill and cash prizes awarded. The art teachers have been enthusiastic supporters as well as integral to putting on the show. The YAE planning committee thanks all of them for their efforts. The exhibition could not continue without these dedicated teachers.

From its start in 2014, the show has grown in size each year, both in the number of artists and works displayed as well as the number of participating high schools. The amount of prize money awarded has also grown thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. The exhibition is free for the schools and the artists, no commission on sales is charged and there is no admission fee for visitors. It builds on the unique contribution of Phillips’ Mill to art in the community.

The Youth Art Exhibition runs 4 weekends from mid-January to mid- February. Exhibited pieces include sculpture, fine art and photography.

2018 Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition Award Winners

Best In Show: Cara DePalo   Turbulence   Council Rock North


1st Place: Owen Yake   Self Portrait   Holy Ghost Prep
2nd Place: Ada Lau   The Big Apple   The Pennington School
3rd Place:  Allison Wray   Letters   Council Rock North
Honorable Mentions:
              Paige O’Connell   Tyler Park After the Storm   Council Rock South
              Tina Zhang
   One creates Two, Two creates Three, Three Creates Everything
                                                                                                  Stuart Country Day School
              Liza Khrypkova
Leave Me Alone West Windsor-Plainsboro High School

Works on Paper

1st Place: Amanda Eng   Fairy Tale   Hunterdon Central Regional High
2nd Place: Josie O’Neal-Odom   Self Portrait   George School
3rd Place: Zoe Bowser   Nostalgia   Hunterdon Central Regional High
Honorable Mentions: 
                                 Symone Summiel   I’m Here   Ewing High School
                                 Jess Tomasko
  Untitled   Neshaminy High School
                                 Marshall Overhiser
 Portrait of Gabrielle  Solebury School
                                 Grace Noh
  Light Bulb   Upper Dublin High School


1st Place: Rachel Huffaker  Through the Looking Glass  The Hun School
2nd Place: Hongyu (Allen) Lou   Alps   The Pennington School
3rd Place: Sean Poupard   Alaina’s Personality   Central Bucks West
Honorable Mentions:  
                                 Shelby Stewart   Still Life with Pitcher   Central Bucks East
                                 Phoebe Johnson
  City Dream   George School
                                 Iman Anduar
  A lost Mutt   Hillsborough High School
                                 Emma Sirken
  Action   New Hope-Solebury High School

3-Dimensional Works

1st Place: Dhviti Patel   Untitled   Hunterdon Central Regional High
2nd Place: Nick Reilly   The Funnel   The Hun School
3rd Place: Jacob Hoopes   Textured Box   George School
Honorable Mentions:  
                      Chelsey Seigal   Lightning Sunset Flower Lover   Council Rock North
                      Marissa Balto
  Untitled   Hopewell Valley Central

(The complete list of exhibited works is here.)

The 2018 Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition Jurors Comment:

For the awards overall, we looked for work that was ambitious and took some risks, while respecting traditional art making skills and process.

This year’s best in show piece, Turbulence, by Cara DePalo, is an exemplary work. This exceptional traditional pencil drawing takes the delicacy and sensitive quality of line and marries it to the dream or ghost like content of the drawing.  The back to back reflection of figures begs the viewer to question the human experience of departure, even as the turbulent feeling divides the figures.

The Jurors:  Yvonne and David Love

Born in Union, NJ in 1968, Yvonne Love received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, a BDAE from the University of Florida and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Penn State Abington College. Her sculpture has been most recently exhibited at Taller Graphica in Havana, Cuba, Liquid Art House in Boston, LG Tripp Gallery in Philadelphia, Brenda Taylor Gallery in New York, and Sidetracks Gallery in New Hope, PA. Additionally she works with the collaborative group TangenT ( creating mixed-media, project-based, immersive art environments exploring socially relevant and politically current themes. Recent exhibitions for TangenT include The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, International House at the University of Pennsylvania, Hack Philadelphia, and The Grossman Gallery at Lafayette College.

David Love (b. Cleveland, Ohio 1962) received his BFA and MFA degrees from The Columbus College of Art and Design and Pennsylvania State University, concentrating on printmaking and drawing. He has been on the faculty of a number of prominent art schools including Moore College of Art and Design and The University of the Arts. Love is currently the head of the art program at Germantown Academy, teaching all aspects of two dimensional art making, while continuing to explore his own work. His most recent series, “Musings and Meanderings”, explores a fascination with identity through personal symbolism and an embrace of accidental processes. Love is a member of “Prints Linking Philadelphia” a group that promotes printmaking in the Philadelphia region. He recently presented talks at NAEA and PAEA Annual Conferences and he is the recipient of Germantown Academy’s Professional Achievement Award in Teaching and the current Barness Chair in Visual and Performing Arts.


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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus