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RBR VPA Student Takes Second Place in National Art Competition

RBR VPA Student Takes Second Place in National Art Competition


Studio Art Teacher Claudia O’Connor and her student Dori Valentine Last month, Red Bank Regional (RBR) sophomore Dori Valentine of Shrewsbury was notified that she took second place in the BLICK Art Materials National Multi-Media Competition; her piece was selected from over 500 entries.  Dori is a studio art major in the RBR Visual & Performing Arts Academy.  Last year, her teacher, Claudia O’Connor, had assigned her a multi-media self-portrait as part of her classwork.  Ms. O’Connor had also brought the BLICK competition to her class’s attention, as it is mandatory for all RBR VPA studio art majors to enter at least two competitions each school year. The BLICK contest requested students to submit entries that most connected them to art.

            Dori’s piece placed her graphite pencil self-portrait amid a colorful multi-media background of dried flowers and magazine clippings.

Dori states, “In the design, I had my grandmother’s favorite sunflowers, pics of my sports, and a solid blue line representing law enforcement, my career aspiration. So I thought this piece best spoke to the requirements of the contest.”

            Dori received a medal and gift certificate to purchase art supplies from the BLICK Company.

            Julie Davis, the Senior Educational Developer of BLICK Art Materials wrote Dori, “As your work is shared with teachers, students, and leaders across the nation, it is our hope that they will be reminded that art empowers students to accomplish goals, dream big dreams and to reach out to others.”


Dori Valentine National Award winning self-portrait