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2018 National Competition Results

Best of Show

Stephanie Turk, Art Instructor (left) YMAS Best in Show Winner Daniela Blancarte (middle), Principal, Jamey Moore (right) – North Hall High School, Gainesville, GA.

           The American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) is very proud to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Young Marine Artists Search (YMAS) program!  ASMA launched YMAS in 2008, in an effort to nurture and support young artists interested in maritime subjects. Over time, our members have encouraged and supported museums, art centers and schools to hold competitions for these young people, often in conjunction with an ASMA Regional or National Exhibitions.

The student’s completed work is exhibited at local art centers or museums, and the award winners are selected by a jury of ASMA Signature members. The top placeholders receive scholarship money, award ribbons, certificates, ASMA National Exhibition catalogs and art supplies. The student’s teachers are also supported and encouraged, since they are the key to the YMAS program success. The student’s artwork is then entered in the YMAS National Competition.

            ASMA is proud to announce the 2018 YMAS National Competition results. Seventy-seven entries were received from high school students from Georgia, Texas, Oregon, and New Hampshire and included oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings, ceramics, pen and ink and pencil drawings, and found object sculptures. The artwork entries were juried by ASMA President and Fellow Kim Shaklee and ASMA Fellow and Treasurer Sheri Farabaugh.

            The National awards (checks, certificates, and other prizes) will be sent to the winners this fall, and the top award winners will be invited to the ASMA 40th Anniversary Celebration and Meeting in Charleston, SC, November 1 – 4, 2018.

Click here for a printable PDF of the Results


Congratulations to the following students and their teachers:

2018 National YMAS 2D Awards (Paintings and drawings):

First Place and Best in Show and $350: “Co-Existence” by Daniela Blancarte

                                    Watercolor & Ink        29” x 11”

                                    North Hall High School, Gainesville, GA

                                    Stephanie Turk, Art Teacher

Second Place and $125: “Exhausted” by Cindy Kim

                                    Oil                               20 x 16

                                    Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA

                                    Bonnie Lovell and Won Park, Art Teachers

Third Place and $75: “Twilight Reflections” by Alexis Ostman

                                    Acrylic                                    60 x 48

                                    Raymond High School, Raymond, NH

                                    Kathy Mutch, Art Teacher

Honorable Mention: “Mr. Tentacles Hovering in the Depths” and

                                    “Radioactive Sea Rover”

 by Tara Donnelly

                                    Acrylic                        11 x 14 and 9 x 12

                                    Ball High School, Galveston, TX

                                    Candice Lepo, Art Teacher

Honorable Mention: “Returning to Nature” by Ethan Edwards

                                    Ink                               8 x 32

                                    Goffstown High School, Gofftown, NH

                                    Ava-lyn Lane, Art Teacher

Honorable Mention: “Underwater Iris” by Longna Liu

                                    Watercolor, marker, pen         24 x 18

                                    George Walton Comprehensive HS, Marietta, GA

                                    Kathleen Petka, Art Teacher

Honorable Mention: “Aquaticville” and “City Turtle”

                                    By Danny Nguyen

                                    Watercolor, pencil and pen  17x25 and 15x22

                                    Norcross High School, Norcross, GA

                                    Angela Cronon, Art Teacher

Honorable Mention: “Color Wheel of Sea Creatures” by Matthew Oh

                                    Oil                               30 x 24

                                    Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA

                                    Bonnie Lovell, Art Teacher

Honorable Mention: “Pierre in the Dark” by Julianna Salinas

                                    Acrylic                                                24 x 9

                                    Ball High School, Galveston, TX

                                    Candice Lepo, Art Teacher

2018 3D YMAS National Awards (ceramics, found objects, sculptures):

First Place and $250: “Sheldon” by Haley Charest

                        Ceramics/Glass                       18 x 20 x 3.5

                        Pinkerton Academy, Derry, New Hampshire

                        Michael Gooden, Art Teacher

Second Place and $125: “Stuffed Branzino Fish” by Carlos Pineda

                        Glazed Ceramic                       4 x 12 x 3

                        Ball High School, Galveston, TX

                        Colleen Moore, Art Teacher

Third Place and $75: “Eight” by Abigail Warren

                        Terra Cotta & Black Stain      11 x 10 x 5

                        Gilford High School, Gilford, NH

                        Leaman Antone, Art Teacher

Honorable Mention: “Little House Under the Sea” by Peiru Liu

                        Found Objects                                    6 x 6 x 8

                        Ball High School, Galveston, TX

                        Colleen Moore, Art Teacher

Honorable Mention: “Sally” by Abigail Sadler

                        Sea Shells and Sand                 16 x 11 x 5

Central High School, Carrollton, GA

                        Cynthia Landon, Art Teacher

            For further information and to be contacted about the 2019 YMAS National Competition, please send your contact information to:

Anne Brodie Hill, ASMA




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