Featured Student Artist: Lauren Yang


Lauren Yang (3)Lauren Yang lives in Sugar Land, Texas. Her art, “Grandpa’s Lily” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2015 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in ninth grade attending Dulles High School.

Lauren has been drawing from an early age and started taking art lessons at age 7. Ever since then, art has been a medium through which she can express things that are important to her or observations of the world. This piece, “Grandpa’s Lily,” was inspired by a combination of events in her life. The dog in the drawing resembles her cousins’ dog, Lily.

Lauren Yang artDogs are considered to be lifelong companions, and as Roger Caras stated, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” In memorial of her grandpa who passed away last year, she created this piece to represent a multitude of ideas. Although cancer took away his life too early, Lily portrays that his life was indeed whole, filled with the love of family and friends. In addition, this work symbolizes not a farewell but hope and best wishes for a new beginning and life for her grandpa, where her family will always be more than lifelong companions.

In the future, she hopes to continue to incorporate aspects of herself and her life into her artwork.


Featured Student Artist: Emily Zhou


Emily Zhou

Emily Zhou lives in Richmond, Virginia. Her art, “The Cat on the Purse” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2015 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in first grade attending the Jacey Gallery.

Emily likes mammals, like dogs and cats.  She was thinking about pets, and then thought of her favorite mammal being a cat.  That’s why she painted “The Cat on the Purse.”

She wishes she could be famous for arts, so she going to learn and practice drawing every day.

Emily Zhou art

Featured Student Artist: Taryn Lee



Taryn Lee lives in Downey, California. Her art, “Dark Flower” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2015 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in twelfth grade attending Los Alamitos High School.

Taryn’s piece is inspired by subtle expressions.  It is her goal to capture deeper meanings lying within seemingly neutral  faces.  She purposely juxtaposes subtle countenances with bold colors or designs in order to represent her main idea.  The expression portrayed is not easily perceived as a specific feeling since its mien is subtle, yet, one can feel that there is a deeper meaning within it. 

She plans on double majoring in fine arts and Japanese language at a four-year university. These fields of studies will help her gain a solid traditional art foundation and help her become more fluent in Japanese respectively.  As for the future, she wishes to become an illustrator or comic artist in Japan.  Her love for art began with her introduction to Japanese animation and comics; therefore, it has always been her dream to live in the country that began her artistic journey.Taryn Lee ART TOP TEN PIC

Featured Student Artist: Cassie Wang


cassie wang1Cassie Tammy Wang lives in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Her art, “Self Portrait” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2015 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was twelve years old attending Thomas Grover Middle School.

From when she was a little girl, Cassie has enjoyed visiting art museums around the world. Cassie loves art and has attended Sharron Art Center since September 2012. Her teacher, Danielle Oyales, inspires Cassie a lot through teaching her various techniques using different materials from oil pastel, watercolor, color pencil, and current pencil sketch.

cw1Cassie’s talent has been reflected in many art contests. She has entered the Celebrating Art Contest three times so far, and all of her art works have been published (Happy Birds, Peaceful World, and Self Portrait are show). Moreover Cassie has been selected as Top Ten Winners twice (2013 and 2015 summers). Her 2015 Top Ten piece “Self Portrait” (shown at the bottom) was created by watercolor and reflects her love of art, music, literature, and beautiful nature.

cw2In addition, Cassie won the State 1st place in Conservation Poster Contest twice, the State 1st place and National 2nd place in Federation Aeronautic International (FAI) Art Contest “World Air Games-Dubai”, the Global 3rd place in Space Foundation International Student Art Contest “The View from My Spaceship”, and Global Top Ten in UNEP Children’s Painting Competition, etc.

Her art teacher refers to Cassie as an ambitious girl. She always likes to try new things. It is difficult to say what Cassie’s goal is for the future. At least currently art is her favorite.


To learn more about our national art contests, visit www.celebratingart.com.

Featured Student Artist: Noah Bennett


noah_bennettNoah was in 3rd grade attending Artipre Art Education Center in Maryland when his art “Over Yonder” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2015 national art contest. Noah has always loved reading comics and drawing characters. He recently started art class at Artipre and he loves it there.

Noah aspires to continue art and is excited about learning different mediums. Noah’s inspiration for “Over Yonder” was old farm houses he sees when we drive from Maryland to Pennsylvania.

In the future, Noah would like to be either an artist or have a PhD in Physics.


To learn more about our national art contests, visit www.celebratingart.com.

Featured Student Artist: Bria Shay Neff


image1Bria was a second grader attending Learning Garden Arts Academy in South Dakota when she was published as a national Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2015 art book. This means that out of thousands of art pieces submitted into the contest, hers was chosen as one of the ten best in her grade division.

Bria’s winning art is titled “Sir Handsome” and is a green peacock. The green peacock is endangered because of its beautiful feathers, habitat loss, and contaminated food source. We asked Bria to share some information about herself and what inspired her winning art.

“My name is Bria, I am nine years old and I want to save the animals. I read about all of the endangered animals and I couldn’t believe what is happening to these wonderful creatures. I want to paint all the endangered animals and donate the money to give them a face so they don’t disappear.

“I am painting these pictures of endangered animals because I want people to know that they are losing their habits and food.  It makes me feel super sad so I want to help by selling these paintings and donating the money to make sure none these wonderful animals ever go extinct.”

You can read an article on Bria and her efforts written by the International Fund for Animal Welfare by clicking here.

To learn more about our national art contests, visit http://www.celebratingart.comart-num-676062038as

Bria’s art conservation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Facesoftheendangered/

Bria’s website: https://www.pigtailsart.com