Fishers Arts Council Senior Showcase exhibit winners picked


More than 20 seniors from Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers high schools received scholarships totaling $4,000 during an awards ceremony for the annual Fishers Arts Council’s STAR Senior Showcase exhibit, featuring visual art and poetry.

“The 15th Annual Senior Showcase once again highlighted the impressive artistic talents coming out of the Fishers and HSE school programs,” stated Ross Hilleary, president of Fishers Arts Council. “This year $4,000 in scholarships were given to 23 seniors, ranging from $50-$600 per award, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and art patrons across the city.”

The awards were presented April 12 at the Hub Gallery at the Hamilton County Community Foundation, according to a FAC news release. Hilleary, Fishers City Council president Cecilia Coble and STAR Bank Senior Retail Sales Officer Amanda Rubeck presented the awards. Catherine Snider also presented a special award — “Best Representation of the Written Word” — in memory of her daughter, Jordan D. Snider.

Best in Show went to HSE senior Hannah Gao for her painting, “Oasis.” The evening’s other big winner was FHS senior Judian Hunsader for his collection of song lyrics entitled, “Jude’s Lyrics.” He won the Jordan D. Snider award. More than 80 students participated in the exhibit offering 173 pieces of art along with nine poetry-based submissions.

The exhibit winners are:

  • Jordan D. Snider Award for Best Representation of the Written Word: Judian Hunsader (FHS); Honorable Mention: Hannah Gao (HSE)
  • Drawing: First place — Evie Bissonette (HSE); second place — Damian Ryan (FHS); third place — Daniel Serrano (HSE); honorable mention —Grace Floyd (FHS)
  • Painting: First place — Heather Stutz (HSE); second place — Cruz Jafri (HSE); third place — Clara Hagedorn (FHS); honorable mention — Vaughn Ehrgott (HSE) and Avery Stein (FHS)
  • Photography: First place — Kendall Matusiewicz (FHS); second place — Ameera Tai (FHS); third place — Dieter Hamm (FHS); honorable mention — Maddie Beaulieu (FHS)
  • Digital Art: First place — Samuel Anderson (FHS); second place — Brooklynn Ferrell (FHS); third place — Mia Noel (FHS); honorable mention — Morgan Wright (FHS)
  • 3D Art: First place —Mia Igneri (HSE); second place — Faith Perry (FHS); third place — Olivia Weyer (FHS); honorable mention — Hannah Young (HSE)