IPA Senior Awarded Gold Key at Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY senior, Lina Finley ’20, took top honors at the 57th Annual Hawai’i Regional Scholastic Art Awards earlier this month. Her digital illustration, The Power of Lighting, was the Gold Key Winner in the category of Digital Art.

“Lighting and colors play a huge part in a piece, and almost every single color of lighting angle should be intentional,” writes Finley. “Lighting helps create the mood, which is why I wanted to incorporate it into my piece. It can make a piece more dramatic or make it more angelic if you change the angle of the lighting and the color of the light source. This really fascinated me because I have always wanted to experiment with how lighting can completely change the mood of a piece.”

This annual award contest is sponsored by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) and the Hawai’i State Art Museum (HiSAM). It offers students in grades 7-12 an opportunity to showcase their artwork and talent, and is part of the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program sponsored by the non-profit organization, Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Finley also received an Honorable Mention in Mixed Media for her artwork in last years’ competition.

The Gold and Silver Key winners will have their artwork displayed at the 57th Annual Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition from February 15, 2020 through March 14, 2020 at the Hawai’i State Art Museum. The exhibition is open to the public.


The Power of Lighting – Lina Finley (’20)
Digital Illustration (Procreate)

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