Exhibiting Artists and Awards Announced for Long Island’s Best 2021


The Museum would like to congratulate all of the exhibiting artists and award winners for Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum 2021! Now celebrating its 25th year, Long Island’s Best is the only juried exhibition for Long Island high school students that provides the opportunity to exhibit in a museum. Students are encouraged to think outside the box as they work in a broad range of media, styles, and subjects.

This year there were 331 student submissions, representing 56 participating high schools across Long Island. Karli Wurzelbacher, Heckscher Museum Curator, and guest juror and artist Melissa Misla, selected 83 works of art for inclusion in the exhibition as well as numerous award winners. The Museum congratulates all of this year’s exhibiting young artists for their remarkable achievements!

Exhibiting artists, friends, family, teachers, and Museum Members and Donors are invited to view the exhibition during exclusive Long Island’s Best Preview Days on April 17, 18, 22, and 23. Artists, members and donors will receive the link to register. On Saturday, April 24, the exhibition opens to the public and also opens virtually at heckscher.org/LIBest 2021.


List of all exhibiting artists


Top Four Awards:
Keren Dial, Valley Stream South High School – Celebrate Achievement Best in Show
Ashley Park, Half Hollow Hills High School West – Second Place, Judith Sposato Memorial Prize
Aleena Abraham, Hicksville High School – Third Place, The Hadley Prize
Ariel Kim, Jericho Senior High School – Fourth Place, The Stan Brodsky Scholarship Award

Heckscher Achievement Awards:
Carlos Alfaro, Walt Whitman High School
Samantha Christian, Sachem High School East
Natalie Schiff, Half Hollow Hills High School East
Ella Siepel, Huntington High School
Alex Valentine, Mount Sinai High School

Honorable Mentions:
Amanda Marsden, Babylon High School
Alena Moreira, Valley Stream North High School
Lily Wagner, Hicksville High School
Isabella Weber, Hicksville High School

Renzo & Lynette Bianchi Scholarship Awards:
Benjamin Herbert, Northport HS
Grace Kenny,  Huntington HS
Leslie Madera, East Rockaway HS
Anneliese Perfetti, Half Hollow Hills East HS
Kaylee Wimmer, Patchogue-Medford HS

25th Anniversary Bianchi Scholarship Award:
Carlos Alfaro, Walt Whitman HS

Andrew Presberg Promising Young Artist Awards:
Aislyn Franciscovich, Huntington High School
Matthew Vo, W. T. Clarke High School

Cozza Family Photography Award:
Julia Diamond, Roslyn High School

Cozza Family Art Award:
Mary Blaney, Manhasset High School

Joseph Mack Achievement Awards:
Ashley Park, Half Hollow High School West
Rosalia Rosato, Kings Park High School
Ella Siepel, Huntington High School

Huntington Fine Arts Honorable Mentions:
Mary Blaney, Manhasset High School
Samantha Christian, Sachem High School East
Julia Diamond, Roslyn High School
Victoria Rodgers, Commack High School
Ana Vissicchio, Portledge School

Firefly Gallery Next Generation Awards:
Annemarie Cabrera, John F. Kennedy HS
Samantha Pesiri, Smithtown High School West
Kelly Ryan, Hicksville HS

Donald & Gloria Horn Scholarship Award:
Carlos Alfaro, Walt Whitman High School

Donald G. Horn, Jr. Scholarship Award:
Giana Porter, Bellport High School



The Darrell Fund Endowment

Strong-Cuevas Foundation

TD Charitable Foundation, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.

Inna Gellerman, DDS, Gellerman Orthodontics
Callaghan Lucerino & Associates LLP