2021 CNY Youth Art Exhibition 9-12

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Youth Art Exhibition (Grade 9 ~ 12)


Artwork 1. 红牛贺春

Artist: Zhiyi Tang

School and (Grade): Hempfield Area High School (9)

Media and Size (inch): Pencil and acrylic paint and 14.5  x 10.25

Description: I used the Peking opera facial makeup. Originally it should have been a human, but I changed it to a ox face since it’s the year of ox. I also draw and wrote Chinese Spring Couplets on two sides with some firecrackers on it. It represents a joyous New Year.


Artwork 2. Three Mongolians

Artist: Lucy Pu

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Intermediate High School (9)

Media and Size (inch): Oil paint and 19 x 34

Description: These three persons live in a “special” village in Heilongjiang province, China. The people in this village came from the Khan family, part of the Mongolians. As the modern world is changing through time, many traditions are disappearing. However, the people living in this small village continue to keep their practices and traditional ways of living, including language, clothing, ceremonies, and festivals.

Reviewed by Jay Liebowitz (retired Duquesne University professor)
This oil painting of three Mongolian men is very realistic. The artist definitely has talent for capturing the three different emotions of the men. Well done!


Artwork 3. Love in Poverty

Artist: Lucy Pu

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Intermediate High School (9)

Media and Size (inch): Oil paint and 27 x 34

Description: This photo was taken in a small village where my grandma took me to experience life. An elderly couple sitting at the door of their house. The man’s right hand seemed injured, and his wife was feeding him. Although their life is laborious, they continue to show love through their actions, which I believe is the most valuable characteristic in one’s life and can defeat any obstacles.


Artwork 4. The Sibling Bond

Artist: Joyce Xu

School and (Grade): Thomas Jefferson High School (9)

Media and Size (inch): Painting and 23 x 17

Description: This piece portrays the unique bond shared between siblings.


Artwork 5. Timid Disposition

Artist: Joyce Xu

School and (Grade): Thomas Jefferson High School (9)

Media and Size (inch): Digital Art and 29 x 21

Description: This piece portrays the shy nature of a child.


Artwork 6. Chasing Mommy

Artist: Helen Mao

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Intermediate (9)

Media and Size (inch): Painting and 24 x 36

Description: A little girl chasing her mother in a game.


Artwork 7. Backyard

Artist: Helen Mao

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Intermediate (9)

Media and Size (inch): Digital and 8.5 x 11

Description: My brother and I having fun in the backyard.


Artwork 8. Grapes

Artist: Iris Hong

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Intermediate High School (9)

Media and Size (inch): Watercolor and 24 x 18

Description: Watercolor painting of grapes.


Artwork 9. 牛年的年夜饭

Artist: Grace Huang

School and (Grade): Franklin Regional Senior High (9)

Media and Size (inch): paper drawing and 11 x 8.5

Description: The ox invites his 11 other friends (the Chinese zodiac animals) to dinner on the Ox year’s eve. To celebrate, he makes a feast to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year.


Artwork 10. Rest

Artist: Yuntong Pan

School and (Grade): 24pany@shadysideacademy.org (9)

Media and Size (inch): Oil paint and 16 x 12

Description: Oil painting of my friend’s cat sleeping.


Artwork 11. Girl with a Duck

Artist: Jonathan Li (李玉诺)

School and (Grade): Fox Chapel High School (10)

Media and Size (inch): Oil painting and 12 x 18

Description: A girl plays with a duck in a kind and peaceful manner.


Artwork 12. A Laughing Girl

Artist: Jonathan Li (李玉诺)

School and (Grade): Fox Chapel High School (10)

Media and Size (inch): Oil painting and 12 x 18

Description: A girl is laughing with great happiness.


Artwork 13. Embrace of cabbage

Artist: Tina Mao

School and (Grade): Mt.Lebanon high school (10)

Media and Size (inch): NA

Description: Happy, healthy, a child, cabbage.


Artwork 14. 轉

Artist: Misty Fan

School and (Grade): Mt. Lebanon High School (10)

Media and Size (inch): Charcoal pencil drawing and 20 x 16

Description: My artwork is based off of an image by the famous Korean music group: BTS. Through their music, they send a message of self-love and acceptance, and I wanted to portray that through my artwork.


Artwork 15. The Frog

Artist: Siheng Chao

School and (Grade): Fox Chapel Area High School (10)

Media and Size (inch): Chinese brush and A5 paper size (148mmx210mm)

Description: This is a frog in the style of Picasso, but drawn using the Chinese brush. It represnts both my love of nature and art, my acceptance of all cultures and my opinion on beauty.


Artwork 16. The Product of Family (图表上的家庭)

Artist: Elaine Gombos

School and (Grade): Shady Side Academy (10)

Media and Size (inch): Graphing calculator and 8.8 x 8.8

Description: “The Product of Family” is a family portrait, inspired by a selfie we took. Every stroke is generated by numbers, equations, and inequalities on a graphing calculator. After weeks of work, this displays the importance of family on Chinese New Year and the merging of math and art.


Artwork 17. Two Cats on a Windowsill

Artist: Anya Hammer

School and (Grade): Shady Side Academy (10)

Media and Size (inch): Digital and 30 x 36 (100dpi)

Description: My two cats were sitting on the windowsill together and I thought that i could draw them.


Artwork 18. “Mom Making Masks for the People”

Artist: Alice Wen

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Senior High School (11)

Media and Size (inch): Digital and 7 x 6

Description: This artwork depicts my mother, Jianxia Guo, sewing handmade masks. When the pandemic first hit us, the country was quickly deprived of necessities. My mother took her time during lockdown to make masks for people in need of one, and I wanted to illustrate that.


Artwork 19. Rose Garden

Artist: Katherine Ou

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Senior High School (11)

Media and Size (inch): Digital art and 4 x 4

Description: It’s some people covered in roses, and it’s symbolic.


Artwork 20. Reveal Your True Form

Artist: Katherine Ou

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Senior High School (11)

Media and Size (inch): Digital art and 3 x 3

Description: A glitch effect I made by cutting up and layering the original image to evoke a chaotic effect. It’s supposed to ask the question “who is the real you?”


Artwork 21. Lantern dream

Artist: Annie du

School and (Grade): Mt lebanon high school (11)

Media and Size (inch): Acrylic 19 x 24

Description: I was in the center of tons of lantern.

Reviewed by Jay Liebowitz (retired Duquesne University professor)
This acrylic painting of a girl surrounded by Chinese lanterns immediately caught my attention. I am impressed with the detail in the painting, as well as the varied brightness and colors. The girl looking at the lantern symbolizes hope and happiness. This artist definitely has artistic talent and potential.


Artwork 22. Rain of cherry blossom

Artist: Annie du

School and (Grade): Mt lebanon high school (11)

Media and Size (inch): Acrylic 19 x 24

Description: Cherry blossom is the most beautiful scene. when the wind blows, it is rain of cherry blossom.


Artwork 23. Epiphany

Artist: Claire Zheng

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Senior High School (11)

Media and Size (inch): Digital art (procreate)

Description: This artwork depicts a young Tibetan monk running on a long road towards the light. The light represents his belief and eventual enlightenment, while the long, bare road symbolizes the austere, difficult life he embarks upon to achieve this enlightenment.


Artwork 24. Turtle Pond

Artist: Claire Zheng

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Senior High School (11)

Media and Size (inch): Paint on canvas and 36 x 24

Description: This is a picture of my sister playing at the turtle pond. She is really curious about everything.

Reviewed by Jay Liebowitz (retired Duquesne University professor)
This painting on canvas of a little girl staring at a turtle is adorable. It looks like the turtle is even more interested in looking at the girl than the girl is fascinated by the turtle. The warm colors of the little girl’s outfit contrasts with the colors of the pond. The artist is very talented and has captured not only the realism of the scene, but the emotions as well.


Artwork 25. Nest of Owls

Artist: Vanessa Hong

School and (Grade): North Allegheny Senior High School (11)

Media and Size (inch): Watercolor and 24 x 18

Description: Watercolor painting of two owls sitting in a tree.


Artwork 26. Abstraction

Artist: Crystal Ma

School and (Grade): Shady Side Academy (11)

Media and Size (inch): Oil painting and 35 x 15

Description: There are wide array of shapes and moods represented by the colors and textures in this painting. In each corner there is a different color scheme and each one symbolizes a different mood. Mainly, this piece is open to the interpretation the viewer.


Artwork 27. Girl with a Pearl Earring and Purell

Artist: Crystal Ma

School and (Grade): Shady Side Academy (11)

Media and Size (inch): Oil Pastel and watercolor and 12 x 9

Description: This drawing is combining both a famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and elements of our current pandemic in hopes of promoting safety and sanitation.

Reviewed by Jay Liebowitz (retired Duquesne University professor)
This oil pastel and watercolor is quite complex and intriguing. On the one hand, the artist has captured the essence of the classic painting by Johannes Vermeer. Juxtaposed on that is an insert of the face of a woman with a surgical mask, holding a bottle of hand sanitizer, capturing the stress people feel today during the pandemic. Very creative and compelling.


Artwork 28. Fashion girl 时尚美少女

Artist: Angelina Tsao

School and (Grade): Mars area school (11)

Media and Size (inch): Marker and 8.5 x 11

Description: 这幅画主要围绕着美少女的服饰及颜色的搭配。


Artwork 29. Whale island 鲸鱼岛

Artist: Angelina Tsao

School and (Grade): Mars area school (11)

Media and Size (inch): Water color and 8.5 x 11

Description: 这幅画主要是用水彩颜料完成的,鲸鱼背上的美丽小花园。


Artwork 30. Flying Apsaras

Artist: Jieru Luo

School and (Grade): North Catholic High School (11)

Media and Size (inch): 8 1/4 x 11 3/4

Description: This artwork is inspired from the Flying Apsaras cave in Dunhuang Grotto, where all the beautiful women are freely flying. I drew this paint to remind a free sprit for the upcoming Chinese New Year, a need of a fresh new start from the pandemic.


Artwork 31. Lazy Sundays

Artist: Katherine LI

School and (Grade): Upper St. Clair (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital and 8 x 8

Description: My art is about my experience at home during the quarantine. This period of time for me has been defined by text messages and chats with my friends, as well as the disposable masks that I use every time I leave the house.


Artwork 32. What a Wonderful New Year

Artist: Eileen Guo

School and (Grade): Upper Saint Clair High School (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital artwork and 14.5 x 18.75

Description: My artwork depicts people spending quality time together during the Chinese New Year. They are hanging up new lanterns and blessing signs, which symbolizes a fresh start to 2021.


Artwork 33. Enjoying a Hearty Laugh

Artist: Eileen Guo

School and (Grade): Upper Saint Clair High School (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital artwork and 18 x 14

Description: My artwork depicts my friend having a carefree and hearty laugh while we were having a picnic.


Artwork 34. Our Past is Our Foundation

Artist: Erin Zhou

School and (Grade): Mt Lebanon (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital Art

Description: Engrave stories in the stones represent our past that create the basis of we are now.


Artwork 35. Within My dream

Artist: Erin Zhou

School and (Grade): Mt Lebanon (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital Art

Description: I want represent the experience of what I desire in Chinese New Year. Bright lanterns, red envelops, etc …


Artwork 36. Lantern Riddles

Artist: Cynthia Chen

School and (Grade): Pine Richland High School (12)

Media and Size (inch): Procreate on iPad and 24 x 18

Description: The piece reflects my childhood in China when my parents took me to the parks during traditional Chinese festivals. The usage of warm color tone to present the harmonious times we had together.


Artwork 37. Chinese Farmer Market

Artist: Cynthia Chen

School and (Grade): Pine Richland High School (12)

Media and Size (inch): Procreate on iPad and 24 x 18

Description: A fond memory of the time when I was little, my Grandpa took me to the farmer market.


Artwork 38. Ringo

Artist: Lydia Callaghan

School and (Grade): Quaker Valley High School (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital Art

Description: This was a character design I made of a character I play as in a tabletop game my friends and I play. It shows a centaur with two short swords and light scale mail. I drew this around October or November of last year and am very proud of it!


Artwork 39. Hope grows on trees

Artist: Raymond Zheng

School and (Grade): Shady Side Academy (12)

Media and Size (inch): Acrylic paint on paper and 14.5 x 12

Description: When hatred and malady smothered the world in darkness, I realized that hope grows on trees. Unity feeds the tree. Reconciliation, understanding, and empathy nurture the tree. But, most importantly, the fruit of this tree—the rainbow of diversity—brings hope for a future brighter and more colorful than today.


Artwork 40. Beachside Utopia

Artist: Raymond Zheng

School and (Grade): Shady Side Academy (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital Art — SketchBook (raster graphics software program)

Description: The first travel vacation I ever took with my family was to a beach. But before then, I hoped that one day, I could visit that sandy paradise. My parents and I were always busy. So, finally, when we got the chance to go, it was mystical, magical. Utopian.


Artwork 41. Immersed In Nature

Artist: Wenyu Zuo

School and (Grade): Fox Chapel Area High School (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital and 20 x 18

Description: This is a scene between me and nature. I have always enjoyed rain, and as I was living with my grandparents when I was a child, I would play on their farm. But when I moved into the city, there’s not many chances to enjoy nature. So my childhood has become my closest relationship with nature. The rain and fields are the first thing that comes to me when speaking of nature, the frogs are the creature I remember most from my childhood.


Artwork 42. Lion Dance

Artist: Katherine Li

School and (Grade): Upper St. Clair High School (12)

Media and Size (inch): Digital Media and 5 x 8

Description: My artwork is combining the lion dance, which I have fond memories of as a child, with the current state of the pandemic. The background also represents the idea that everyone, no matter the race, can enjoy and participate in the Lunar New Year.

Reviewed by Jay Liebowitz (retired Duquesne University professor)
This digital media of a young man in a lion dance costume captured my attention right away. We can see the young man holding up the lion’s head, just like the real performers do. This drawing could be used in advertising for future New Year’s programs.


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