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Laney Broglio at the High School Art Regional

Columbia High School senior Laney Broglio ’23 was recognized with an Honorable Mention award at the High School Regional Art Exhibition.

Four Columbia High School students – Laney Broglio ’23, Izzy Crossman ’23, Emma Gentile ’24 and Magnolia Allen ’25 – attended an artists’ reception for the 24th annual High School Regional Art Exhibition at the Albany Center Gallery earlier this spring to view their own artwork. The exhibit featured 107 pieces of student art from 28 area high schools.

During the event, Ms. Broglio was recognized with an Honorable Mention award for her drawing titled “The Overlocker and the Tailor.” It marks the first time a Columbia student has won an award at this event.

Each of the Columbia students wrote a short reflection about attending the artists’ reception, which can be read below.

Izzy Crossman ’23
Ceramic with Acrylic

“Getting the opportunity to have my piece of art displayed in a show is amazing. The exposure of having art in a show is such a memorable experience and the sense of community when everyone is gathered to share their creations is unbeatable. Getting to see art from other schools as well as seeing the art of my classmates displayed at the show really gives me the inspiration to create more art to share with the world!”

Izzy Crossman at High School Art Regional

Laney Broglio ’23
“The Overlocker and the Tailor”
Chalk pastel pencil, colored pencil, gel pen, thread

“My experience at the Albany Center Gallery (ACG) for the 24th Annual High School Regional Juried Exhibition was amazing! This was my first time at a gallery especially with my own work displayed. My piece was titled ‘The Overlocker and the Tailor,’ depicting the ongoing struggle between Ukraine and Russia.

As I plan to go to art school and hopefully create work that will be displayed, it was a fantastic experience for me. During the award ceremony I was even more surprised to receive an honorable mention with the bonus of a year long membership to the gallery. I must say I am excited and looking forward to putting my work in the gallery in the future.”

Laney Broglio at High School Art Regional

Emma Gentile ’24
Colored pencil

“Having my piece in this show felt euphoric. Seeing my work among all these other amazing artists definitely boosted my confidence and gave me a lot of motivation. I tend to criticize my own art, but this experience made me think, ‘You know what? I really am proud of this piece.'”

Emma Gentile at High School Art Regional

Magnolia Allen ’25
“639, First Floor”
Digital print

“The High School Regional was a very inspirational and inclusive environment! I really enjoyed being able to view artwork by others who share a common passion with me. This experience really motivated me to pursue and move forward with my art pieces!”

Magnolia Allen at High School Art Regional