Quarry Lane Artist Wins Big
By Tiffany Marquez
Amy Kim, IB junior and artist of the famed pencil drawing of Quarry Lane’s Head of School, Dr. Sabri Arac, is winner of a prestigious award. After submitting her art piece for the first time to this contest, a pencil and pastel creation entitled “Flying for Dream,” Kim was awarded first prize in the Congressional Art Competition.
Kim will fly to Washington D.C. next month to attend a reception and have the opportunity to see her own artwork where it will be displayed in the United States Capitol for an entire year.
Kim, who is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme student, explained this contest as being very competitive and said, “I didn’t expect [to win] anything! I’m so excited!”
She was completely surprised when she went to the award ceremony and was announced as the first prize winner. Although there were many good submissions, the judges chose hers based on her self-chosen theme of creating a self-portrait.
Kim, who joined Quarry Lane’s International Academy in middle school, describes the piece, explaining, “I chose the dragonflies as a leading guide to the dream and I attached myself to them […] it is like my identity as an international student and my journey from Korea.”
This is not the only award that Kim has won lately! She recently was awarded “Honorable Mention” for the second year in a row in the “Growing Up Asian in America Art & Essay Contest” sponsored by the Asian Pacific Fund. Over 1,400 entries were received to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
This annual contest is used to celebrate the diversity of Asian American students and to provide an outlet for those that have struggled with their identity. This year’s contest focused on the symbolic “Bridges” that one takes to establish connections between varying aspects of life.
The Quarry Lane School is a college preparatory, K-12, nonsectarian, co-educational day school which supports a diverse faculty and student body.
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