Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum 2022

April 30, 2022 – May 29, 2022

Alexa Able
Perfectly Torn
Chalk pastel
Herricks High School
Grade 11, Art Teacher: Jen Cavalluzzo

This annual exhibition features extraordinary works of art created by Long Island high school students. 399 works of art from 55 high schools were submitted for jurying this year, with 79 selected by Karli Wurzelbacher, Heckscher Museum Curator, and guest juror, artist and Long Island’s Best Alumna, Emily Martin.

All of the exhibition’s components, including artist statements written by each student and images of artwork from the Museum’s exhibitions that inspired students, are available here.

Follow #hmalibest for artists of the day and more throughout the exhibition.

The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.
The Darrell Fund Endowment/Henriette Darrell
Pritchard Charitable Trust

Strong-Cuevas Foundation

TD Charitable Foundation
Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation

Inna Gellerman, DDS, Gellerman Orthodontics
Callaghan LLP

Long Island's Best 2022 Program

The Long Island’s Best Program features a complete list of all exhibiting artists and awards, participating schools, information on the exhibitions that inspired students in 2022, and more!

Visitors Choice Awards

Museum visitors, both online and in person, will determine the winners of the 2022 Visitors Choice and Virtual Visitors Choice Awards! Voting begins Saturday, April 30. Vote below for Virtual Visitors Choice and visit the Museum in person to vote for Visitors Choice. Voting ends May 29, 2022. Winners will be announced Thursday, June 2!

Artwork on view at Mitchells & Firefly

Aisy Franciscovich
Me, Myself and I
Oil on canvas
Huntington High School
Grade 11, Art Teacher: Kristin Singer
*Heckscher Achievement Award*

Select works of art from Long Island’s Best 2022 will be on view June 1 – 30 in the windows of Mitchells, located at 270 Main Street, Huntington, NY, and at Firefly Artists Gallery, located at 162, Main Street, Northport, NY.

Congratulations to the following artists whose artwork will be on view at Firefly Artists Gallery!

Amelia Bhairo, West Hempstead HS
Justine Blain, Valley Stream Central HS
Hannah Briggs, Oyster Bay HS
Aisy Franciscovich, Huntington HS
Yuyu Liu, Portledge School
Malak Shehata, Hicksville HS
Lily Wagner, Hicksville HS
Zhezhong Yu, Roslyn HS

Learn more

Related Events


Saturday, April 30
11 am – 3 pm

Exhibiting artists and their teachers, friends and family, Museum Members, and Donors are invited for this exclusive preview day. View Long Island’s Best 2022 before the exhibition is open to the general public.


Award Ceremony I: Saturday, April 30, 4 – 5 pm
Award Ceremony II: Saturday, April 30, 6 – 7 pm

Digital invitations to follow.


Sunday, May 15
5 – 6:30 pm

Long Island’s Best 2022 exhibiting artists are invited to meet their fellow “LI Best-ers” for this casual evening of fun conversation and more!

Digital invitation to follow.



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