Photo: Conquista para la paz
LATINO ART BEAT ANNOUNCES 2010 NATIONAL ART COMPETITION WINNER
JESUS HERNANDEZ AWARDED $22,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
Latino Art Beat, a national not for profit arts organization, received over 1,000 entries in its 13th consecutive art competition, themed “What Hispanic Heritage & Culture Means to Me?” Students, in 11th and 12th grade, attending high schools in Illinois, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C., were eligible to participate in the 2010 national art competition. The Mayor’s Office, the local Department of Education along with dedicated logistical partners, present this milestone competition annually. Each region selects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winner along with several Honorable Mentions. Of all the 1st Place regional winners a national winner is chosen.
This year’s winner is Jesus Ramon Hernandez, a June 2010 graduate of Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, Illinois. Hernandez’ artwork is titled “Conquista para la paz”, an oil painting depicting a battle scene commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Mexico’s Revolution.
Robert Morris University, one of Latino Art Beat’s long term academic partners, is Hernandez’ college of choice. He is enrolled for the 2010 fall semester and is being awarded a $22,000 scholarship, spread out over 4 years, through the Robert Morris University / Latino Art Beat scholarship partnership.
All Latino Art Beat winners will be recognized at awards ceremonies in participating cities during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15– Oct. 15. Tentative recognition dates are Houston September 30, 2010 at the Houston Public Library (adjacent to City Hall), Los Angeles October 7, 2010 at Art Share Los Angeles and October 8, 2010 at Los Angeles City Hall, Miami on October 28, 2010 at City Hall, Washington, D.C. October 14, 2010 at the Mexican Cultural Institute and Chicago November 3, 2010 at Columbia College Chicago. This year’s 2010 National Latino Art Beat awards ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C.at District of Columbia public Schools headquarters, on October 15, 2010 where all the regional 1st Place winners and the national winner shall be honored.
“Latino Art Beat is a great opportunity at supporting and encouraging student artists, and we are pleased to have Robert Morris University participating in our national award this year”, said Don Rossi Nuccio, president and founder of Latino Art Beat.
Latino Art Beat features Jesus Hernandez outstanding artwork, in addition to other select winning artwork, on the official State of Illinois poster for Hispanic Heritage Month. This poster is issued in collaboration with the Office of the Governor. A 2011 commemorative art poster/calendar displaying select national Latino Art Beat winners’ artwork will be featured at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in January, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
The “Drawing and Painting” category is open to original artwork interpreting the competition’s theme of “What Hispanic Heritage and Culture Means to Me.” Additional competition categories include “Film and Animation,” where students may submit a DVD or video up to 5 minutes about “My Life.” The winning films are screened at the Chicago Latino Film Festival and the Miami Short Film Festival.
Students interested in participating in the 2011 art competition may contact their high school art teacher or go to www.latinoartbeat.com. For the 2011 contest rules booklet, e-mail (after December, 2010) a request to email@example.com.
About Latino Art Beat
Latino Art Beat, a Chicago-based not-for-profit arts organization, awards scholarships to high school students from participating cities through its Hispanic themed art competition. Since 1998 Latino Art Beat has awarded over $3 million in college scholarships to competition winners. Select winning artwork is displayed at various art exhibits and featured in
National print media. Visit the website at www.latinoartbeat.com.