Westborough – Westborough resident and Landmark School senior Samantha Cusson recently won two Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. Cusson received a Gold Key Award, for the drawing, “Self Portrait in White,” and an Honorable Mention Award for her drawing, “Self-Portrait in Black.” Cusson's Gold Key Award advances her to the national level of competition.
More than 9,500 pieces were submitted by students in grades 7 – 12 from public and private schools throughout Massachusetts. Founded in 1923, the national art and writing competition is the longest running, most prestigious recognition program for teen artists and writers in the United States. The Boston Globe is the local sponsor of the Massachusetts program.
The Landmark School in Beverly, a boarding and day school for students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, received 37 awards overall, one of the top-winning private schools in the state.
“These awards are validation of our students” motivation, vision, and most importantly talent,” said Bob Broudo, Landmark School headmaster of Landmark School.
Cusson's work, along with the work of the other Gold Key awardees, will be on view in the Boston City Hall at Government Center from Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 30, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Winners of the national competition will be publicly recognized at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.