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Law firm showcases artwork of Albany High students

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 23, 2017) – When Phillips Lytle LLP first commissioned artwork from Albany High School students to hang in its downtown office, the initial intention was to select only the three top paintings. After seeing the 12 beautiful works created by the 19 student artists however, they elected instead to hang all dozen, along with plaques recognizing the students.

 

"It is with great enthusiasm that our students have taken on the challenge of creating landscapes of Albany in partnership with Phillips Lytle,” said City School District of Albany Art Department Chair Kate Wright. “This special endeavor is symbolic of the partnership between our public schools and the Albany community, and through the dedication and talent of Albany High art students and their teacher Kristine Monahan, the quality work of our students will now hang proudly in the Albany office of the firm.”

 

Along with the honor of having his work displayed proudly, first-place winner Manny Sanchez received a $100 gift card for his entry “Corning Tower.” Runners-up Patrizzia Espina and Jessica Johnson received a $50 gift card for their joint work “Albany High School,” as did third-place winner Akili Bahati for “Capitol with Tulips.”

 

The other nine pieces each received a $25 gift card and were created by Chantel Clark, Kylie DeVaughan, HsaKer Eh, Greg Flanagan, Kierra Ford, Savannah Graves, Aubrey Halloran, Diandra Hennessy, Shanyia Jacobs, Laura Marin, Hey Nay Moo, Yverdon Okoren, Nina Opoku, Alexee Seifert and Aziz Al Tameemi. All 12 entries were Albany-themed, and the students created them under the guidance of Kristine Monahan and her colleagues in the Albany High Art Department.

 

Phillips Lytle shares another connection with the City School District of Albany as well. Managing partner Kevin Hogan is a 1979 Albany High alum and travelled to his alma mater from the firm’s Buffalo office to personally recognize the students for their artistic talent.

 

“As an Albany High School alum, I’m very excited to be able to display this work in our office,” Hogan said.  “Phillips Lytle is committed to helping our communities thrive, in particular in the arts and education arenas.  We are very proud to have collaborated with the school district on this great project.”

To see pictures of the recognition ceremony on March 22, click here. (A Facebook account is not necessary to view this content. A window may display the text "To see more from Albany city schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but this can be dismissed by clicking "not now.")

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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