Michael Barletta, a senior at Harrison High School was awarded the iCreate Youth @ Bruce Award for “Exceptional craft and powerful message". Over 700 submissions across 30 high schools in New York and CT were adjudicated. Fifty three pieces were selected for the exhibit and Barletta’s “Veteran" piece was selected by his 2019 peer interns’’. Michael’s piece told an empowering message through a sequential story of a man who is a track star, enters the military, loses a limb in battle and comes back to do what he loves and win again using a prosthetic leg.
Michael is thrilled and honored to be selected as his work was among those created by many incredibly talented artists. Michael will be attending SVA (School of Visual Arts) in the fall.
“This regional exhibition inspires enigmatic young minds to embrace their unique styles and to engage with the ideas of other artists in their age group,” said Pakhayev. “As a two-time participant in iCreate, I think that the amount of confidence that emerges in young artists who are selected is extremely valuable.”
“The volume of artwork we received was breathtaking. Stunning technique and thought-provoking content made selection for the final exhibit quite difficult,” noted Kirk. “The end result encompasses some of the best talent in the area and will certainly awe and inspire all audiences.”
Following the juried evaluation process, an opening celebration held on June 7 celebrated seven honorees who were awarded prizes from $100 to $500. A People’s Choice Award will be determined with public input and will be announced on July 14. In order to have a voice in the voting process, make sure to visit iCreate!
The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, Ct.