April 19, 2017 (Hyannis, MA) – For the second time in three years, Nicholas Glaser of Osterville, has had his original artwork chosen as the design for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s (AFCC) Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea T-shirt.
Glaser, a senior at St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis, has competed in the Pops by the Sea T-shirt Scholarship Competition for the past six years. The competition is open to Cape Cod students from 5th through 12th grades who must submit an original artistic creation for consideration for the official commemorative design on the Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea T-shirt.
This year, the AFCC welcomed nearly 200 entries. “The submissions we received showcase the artistic talent that abounds here on the Cape,” said AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake, emphasizing the importance of competitions like this that allow the region’s youth to tap into their creativity. “More than ever we need to provide opportunities for young artists to connect, create, and enjoy making art.”
Sponsored by the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Cape Cod, the competition rewards Glaser with a cash award along with a donation to the art department at St. John Paul II High School. Barnstable High School junior Marc Korab and Falmouth High School senior Jackson Chorches, who placed second and third in the competition, will also receive cash awards as well as donations to their respective school’s art department.
The following students earned honorable mentions in this year’s competition: Barnstable High School sophomore Liam Sives; Barnstable High School sophomore Lillian Duchesney; Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School sophomore Madison Brun; Falmouth High School senior Colton Lubbe; St. John Paul II High School senior Circle Yuan; St. John Paul II High School junior Lila Baker; St. John Paul II High School freshman Gabriela Francescon; and Falmouth High School senior Kevin Shimansky.
Over the past four years, Glaser’s submissions have placed in the top two; his 2015 piece was featured on the T-shirt for the 30th Annual Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Scholastic Art Award gold and silver keys and two Federal Junior Duck Stamp Awards; he was also highlighted in Cape Cod Art Magazine last year as a young emerging artist.
Glaser was recently accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design and plans on pursuing a career in the arts. “I have been interested in art ever since I can remember,” he said. “I have always wanted to be an artist and have put my time and effort into making that happen.”
The AFCC will honor Glaser and his fellow high school artists on Thursday, May 11th, at the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, during the unveiling of this year’s Pops by the Sea commemorative painting by Jackie Reeves of Sandwich. The Pops by the Sea concert takes place on Sunday, August 13th at 5:00 pm on the Hyannis Village Green. Commemorative T-shirts will be sold the day of the concert.
The AFCC’s mission is to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod. It fulfills its mission by funding grants, fellowships, and scholarships; by advocating for more awareness on the impact the Cape’s creative economy has on our region and beyond; and by building a strong arts community network through membership.