Canastota Grad Earns National Art Award

Canastota Grad Earns National Art Award
Posted on 07/21/2020

Sara Shaver, a 2020 graduate of Canastota High School, earned a National Medal in this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a nationwide showcase of outstanding student art and writing. The award, a National Silver Medal in Painting for “Feet in the North Sky,” places Sara among the top 1 percent of student artists in the country.

“This is an amazing honor and accomplishment, and one that is very rare to receive,” CHS Art Teacher Kristie Boisen said.

Boisen said she believes Sara is the first Canastota student to be recognized at the national level in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. A number of student artists from Canastota have been recognized each year at the regional level and have had their work on display at Onondaga Community College.

This past winter, Sara received regional awards for four of her pieces, including a Gold Key for “Feet in the North Sky.” Regional Gold Key pieces qualify for national consideration.

Just 3,000 student works were recognized at the national level this year, and only 124 of them were in New York State. Sara was one of 24 New York honorees in the Painting category.

Boisen also received a certificate of recognition for her role as an educator and mentor to Sara.

Sara said Boisen’s art classes helped spark her passion for art, particularly painting, and she ws excited to receive such a big recognition.

“Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t realize it was something I really wanted to do until 9th or 10th grade,” she said.

Sara plans to attend SUNY Potsdam to major in environmental science and minor in fine arts.

“I want to help the planet in some way, but I want to keep art in my life,” she said. “I can’t live without art.”Feet in the North Sky