Comptroller Peter Franchot recently announced the creation of a new award program aimed at recognizing youth who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills and a vision for Maryland’s future. Dubbed the "Maryland Masters Award," the initiative will celebrate the achievements of Marylanders through the arts and showcase the work of students from kindergarten through 12 grade in the comptroller’s office
"Maryland’s economic potential undoubtedly lies in our ability to cultivate the creative spirit of our young people and to inspire them to embrace the diversity and beauty of their surroundings," said Franchot.
To launch this effort, Franchot has reached out to public school superintendents of all 23 counties and Baltimore City, requesting that they identify one piece of artwork from an elementary, middle or high school student within their jurisdiction. The selected students, their families and school officials will be invited to join Franchot and other state officials for an official art exhibit unveiling ceremony, where the students will receive the Maryland Masters Award.
Following the debut, the art will remain on display for two months. The student artwork will join a collection of original paintings by one of Franchot’s favorite artists, Herman Maril. Called an American modernist, Maril was born in Baltimore and served as a professor at University of Maryland for more than 30 years.
"With the tremendous home-grown talent we have in Maryland, I’m looking forward to showing off the masters of Maryland’s future alongside the acclaimed work of artists from Maryland’s past," said Franchot.