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Harrison Graduate Honored for Artwork

HARRISON, N.Y. – Harrison High School graduate Sofia SanMarco returned to Louis M. Klein Middle School Monday night to be honored for her artwork.

A member of the Harrison Class of 2011, SanMarco is now a freshman at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. According to visual arts teacher Lisa Monti, the superintendent’s art gallery usually features work from a current student. But this year the school decided to honor SanMarco, who received the art club’s annual scholarship last year.

“We highlight a student every year who has made a positive impact on our department,” Monti said.

Currently, SanMarco has not declared a major in college. Though she is unsure of whether or not she wants to pursue art professionally, SanMarco said she is keeping her options open.

“Last semester in college I learned some interesting art techniques that I was able to apply my talents to,” SanMarco said. “It’s very cool to be invited back to my old school by teachers I had. I didn’t know I was being honored until recently so it came as a shock to me but I’m really happy.”

SanMarco is no stranger to being honored for her artwork. As a senior at Harrison High School last year, she won a Congressional Art Award for a painting she made depicting women’s rights issues. Currently, her artwork is hanging in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. When she paints, SanMarco wants her art to have meaning, saying that if she is going to create artwork, it might as well get people to think as well.

Art club advisor Domenico Petrillo taught SanMarco at Harrison High School when she was a freshman. Petrillo continues to work with high school art students, some of whom had their art displayed during the show.

“Art is a solitary practice where you don’t need to stand in front of an audience to show how creative you are when you are doing it,” Petrillo said. “For teenagers art is awesome because it will help them later in life with conceptual skills.”

SanMarco’s artwork will hang in the front room of school district Superintendent Louis Wool’s office for the next month.

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