The Cleveland Institute of Art’s (CIA) annual 2D3D National Art and Design Competition aims to recognize distinguished art students from across the country and reward them with cash prizes and scholarships to attend renowned arts programs over the summer. This year, sophomore Anastasiia Korolevskaia was among five high school underclassmen to claim an Emerging Artist Award from the program, as well as a $500 scholarship to CIA’s two-week summer Pre-College program.
More than 1,064 students representing 420 American high schools in 39 states submitted artwork to be judged by a panel of CIA faculty. Korolevskaia’s 35-piece portfolio, however, stood out among those.
“The pieces which require the most effort and the ones that I feel represent me as a person are those that I share with others,” Korolevskaia said. “The works I complete in the art classroom in order to satisfy the criteria for an assignment rarely make it to competitions.”
While winning CIA’s Emerging Artist award made Korolevskaia “very happy” and “more certain of [her] love for art,” she opted to attend Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) pre-college program June 24 – July 22.