Giuliana Marafioti, a senior at Bishop McDevitt High School was chosen as the Pennsylvania winner in this year’s youth art event –School Flags across the U.S. Flying High. In honor of Youth Art Month this nationwide flag design competition took place at schools throughout the United States. The students were challenged to create a design that would be reproduced as a 3’x5’ flag, while keeping in mind their state theme. Pennsylvania’s state theme is “The Power of Art”.
Giuliana is one of 13 National Art Society students led by Sister Mary Boyer, a talented artist and accomplished teacher at Bishop McDevitt High School. Only 1 design per teacher was allowed to be submitted. “My students chose the design and I couldn’t be happier!” says sister. “Art is a gift and gifts are given to share”.
When thinking about this year’s theme , Giuliana says “a fist came to mind , I thought of that fist and throwing the paint brush up, using it powerfully. The design was still pretty plain and it needed something else. I thought to myself, McDevitt is so diverse, Pennsylvania and the world are full of people with different ethnicities and cultures, so I decided to represent that diversity thru the colors on the fingers.”
Giuliana will be awarded a bag of art materials as well as a Dick Blick gift card to use on anything in their art catalogue. She will also be honored during an awards ceremony at the Youth Art Month student art exhibit on March 12th at the Pennsylvania Department of Education Building in Harrisburg. The flag will be displayed at the Annual National Art Education Association Conference, which is being held in Chicago this year. At that point, the flags will be judged again and a national winner will be chosen!