Melendez Wins Director's Prize

Art teacher Mark Criswell and student Thalia Melendez

Thalia Melendez, a junior at Cairo-Durham High School, received the top award at the 24th annual Juried Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Melendez’s sculpture, titled “Wood in Motion,” was selected to receive the Director’s Prize at the opening ceremony on January 21, 2020. Her piece was judged against other student works from 15 area schools.

“I was very surprised but very happy and proud of myself,” said Melendez.

“Art is very personal,” she continued. “Art allows you to express yourself and see things from another perspective. I think it is interesting to take pieces that have nothing to do with each other and bring them together.”

Melendez used paint and various types of hard wood such as maple and oak to create “Wood in Motion” (pictured below). 

“It makes me ecstatic that Thalia won this award,” said Mark Criswell, an Industrial/Visual Arts teacher and Melendez’s Sculpture teacher. “She’s a great student and she really deserves it.”

Melendez was awarded a $150 prize.

Her sculpture is currently on display in the Foundation Gallery at C-GCC until February 21 (4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534).