WESTBOROUGH – Westborough High School senior Celina Xiong will be exhibiting regional and national award-winning paintings at the Westborough Library throughout the month of May.
Xiong has been exploring the world of art since the age of five. She then first started oil painting at age eight at Gallery in the Pines in Hudson. In 2018, her painting received a National Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Over the course of five years, her art has received 13 awards in total.
From 2017 to 2022, Xiong received her one National Gold Medal, two Regional Gold Keys, six Regional Silver Keys and four Honorable Mentions. Her national-award-winning painting has been exhibited in art galleries in New York over the course of two years and was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education for a top honors display in Washington D.C.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the most prestigious creative recognition program across America and Canada, being held annually for students in grades 7 through 12.
In the regional competition, with over 15,000 students in Massachusetts, a small percentage receive an Honorable Mention. A smaller percentage receive a Silver Key while a lucky few hundred receive a Gold Key.
A panel of creative professionals then review around 340,000 Regional Gold Key works to select roughly 2,700 as recipients of national awards.
There are 15 pieces on display in this ongoing Westborough Public Library exhibition.