Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2023

April 29, 2023 - June 4, 2023

Jessica Arsenicos
I Love You More
Mixed media (colored pencil, acrylic, and ink on illustration board)
Half Hollow Hills High School West
Grade: 12, Art Teachers: Jennifer Ievolo & Amanda Montiglio

Now in its 27th year, this annual student exhibition is a hallmark of the Museum’s K-12 arts-in-education programming. This year’s exhibition features 91 extraordinary works of art created by Long Island high school students from 58 schools across Long Island. 553 students from 77 high schools submitted artwork, with the final exhibition juried by Karli Wurzelbacher, Heckscher Museum Curator, and guest juror, artist Samantha Dominik.

Experience the exhibition in person beginning April 29 and virtually beginning May 6! 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, will be available here on Saturday, May 6.

Follow #hmalibest and the Museum’s TikTok @heckschermuseum for artists of the day and more throughout the exhibition.

The Darrell Fund Endowment/Henriette Darrell
Pritchard Charitable Trust

Strong-Cuevas Foundation
The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.

TD Charitable Foundation
Laura B. Vogler Foundation
Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation

Inna Gellerman, DDS, Gellerman Orthodontics
Callaghan LLP

Exhibiting Artists

Jessica Arsenicos, Half Hollow Hills HS West
Dyana Augustin, Huntington HS
Bayla Axelrod, Stella K. Abraham HS for Girls
Claire Baek, W. T. Clarke HS
Danielle Berkowitz, John F. Kennedy HS
Amelia Bhairo, West Hempstead HS
Ricardo Canales, W. T. Clarke HS
Joseph Carrabis, Bayport-Blue Point HS
Katherine Castillo, Bay Shore HS
Lucas Ceraso, Huntington Fine Arts
Julia Chan, William A. Shine Great Neck South HS
Christopher Chasse Hernandez, Westbury HS
Claire Chen, Jericho Senior HS
Isabella Chu, New Hyde Park Memorial HS
Natalie Chudecki, West Islip HS
Prisha Dass, Hicksville HS
Madeline Day, Bellport HS
Ava DeAngelis, Oyster Bay HS
Daniella Dell’Aquila, Manhasset HS
Emily DeRosa, East Meadow HS
Lily DiBenedetto, Massapequa HS
Eva Diesso, Islip HS
Aisy Franciscovich, Huntington HS
Letizia Franzese, Patchogue-Medford HS
Dylan Friedman, John F. Kennedy HS
Kareena Galani, Jericho Senior HS
Annika Galvin, Huntington HS
Brigid Gawley, Manhasset HS
Jessica Gelman, Half Hollow Hills HS East
Josh Gilmore, Wellington C. Mepham HS
Morgan Giordano, Sayville HS

Marycelia Gonzalez, Wyandanch HS
Delaney Gravina, Long Beach HS
Emilia Greco, Northport HS
Saamia Hassan, Hicksville HS
Natalie Hayes, East Rockaway HS
Nikki Hirschkind, Bellport HS
Faith Hoerning, Northport HS
Cara Hooke, Elmont Memorial HS
Ellie Johnson, Northport HS
Hannah Jung, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK HS
Vazira Khakimova, Hicksville HS
Grace Kilarjian, South Side HS
Chae Ryeong Kim, W. T. Clarke HS
Johanna Kim, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK HS
Alden Kisner, Cold Spring Harbor HS / Huntington Fine Arts Student
Matt Klimek, Chaminade HS
Sophie Kwon, St. Mary’s HS
Ava Lerner, Northport High HS
Melisa Li, Paul D. Schreiber HS
Victoria Libert, Patchogue-Medford HS
Anna Limb, Manhasset HS
Parker Lyon, Connetquot HS
Grace Maldonado, Oyster Bay HS
Larissa Mallen, Syosset HS
Grace Marazzo, Division Avenue HS
Natalia Juleanne Monsale, Glen Cove HS
Abigail Montes, Division Avenue HS
JiSeung Moon, Shoreham Wading River HS
Katie Morton, Smithtown Christian School
Naomy Mukai, East Islip HS
Ava Muntner, Great Neck North HS

Grace Nah, William A. Shine Great Neck South HS
Monica Ortiz, Uniondale HS
Willow Pomisel, Smithtown HS East
Kayte Ramirez, Valley Stream South HS
Sebastian Ramirez, Huntington HS
Allison Rich, Islip HS
Minami Rodger, John F. Kennedy HS
Sophia Rose, Harborfields HS
Tiffany Sambhu, Valley Stream Central HS
Lauren Schilling, Amityville Memorial HS
Maia Schnaider, Half Hollow Hills HS West
Cameron Seviroli, Waldorf School of Garden City
Sawyer Snowden, Commack HS
Alyssa Spano, Half Hollow Hills HS West
Bhavani Sriram, Half Hollow Hills HS East
Michael Struzinski, Smithtown HS West
Nora Sweeney-Gladen, Harborfields HS
Ashlyn Thitibordin, Jericho Senior HS
Sophia Tine, Huntington HS
Samantha Urmaza, Harborfields HS
Kal Vasconez, South Side HS
Sarah Wilder, Valley Stream North HS
Siting Xiao, General Douglas MacArthur HS
Kerry Yeung, Half Hollow Hills HS East
Venus Yu, William A. Shine Great Neck South HS
Josie Zaccoli, Oceanside HS
Ellia Zhang, Herricks HS
Natalie Zhou, Herricks HS
Alexandra Zlotnikov, Kings Park HS / Huntington Fine Arts Student

Visitors Choice Awards

Abigail Montes
Division Avenue High School, Grade 12
with their artwork
Tindahan sa Little Manila, Woodside
Oil on canvas
Art Teacher: Tim Ryan

Museum visitors, both online and in-person, determined the winners of the 2023 Visitors Choice and Virtual Visitors Choice Awards, casting over 1,000 votes!

Vazira Khakimova from Hicksville High School won the Visitors Choice Award for her work of art All is gone and Abigail Montes from Division Avenue High School has been awarded the Virtual Visitors Choice Award for their painting Tindahan sa Little Manila, Woodside. Congratulations to both students on this remarkable achievement!

Learn more

Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition Brochure

Related Events

All exhibiting artists will receive invitations to the Preview Day and Artist Meet Up.

Please note that, due to space constraints, the Awards Ceremony is only for students who have won an award and their teachers, family, and friends. Details below.

Saturday, April 29
11 am – 4 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 2023 before the exhibition opens to the general public on April 30.

All exhibiting students and teachers will receive a digital invitation. Registration recommended.

Saturday, April 29
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Award-winning students and their teachers, friends, and family are invited to celebrate this outstanding achievement!

Registration required. Award-winning students and teachers will receive a digital invitation. Maximum of 3 guests per student please.

Sunday, June 4
4 – 6 pm

Long Island’s Best 2023 exhibiting artists are invited to meet their fellow “LI Best-ers” for this casual evening of fun conversation and more! 

All exhibiting students will receive a digital invitation. Students only please. Registration required.

Select Artwork on View at Mitchells

17 works of art from Long Island’s Best 2023 will be on view June 7 – July 4, 2023 in the windows of Mitchells, located at 270 Main Street, Huntington, NY.

Congratulations to the following artists whose artwork will be on view at Mitchells and thank you to Mitchells for supporting the next generation of Long Island artists!

Claire Baek, W. T. Clarke High School
Danielle Berkowitz, John F. Kennedy High School
Amelia Bhairo, West Hempstead High School
Natalie Chudecki, West Islip High School
Eva Diesso, Islip High School
Annika Galvin, Huntington High School
Jessica Gelman, Half Hollow Hills High School East
Emilia Greco, Northport High School
Grace Kilarjian, South Side High School
Johanna Kim, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School
Victoria Libert, Patchogue-Medford High School
Katie Morton, Smithtown Christian School
Grace Nah, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School
Sophia Rose, Harborfields High School
Sophia Tine, Huntington High School
Kerry Yeung, Half Hollow Hills High School East
Alexandra Zlotnikov, Kings Park High School / Huntington Fine Arts Student

Learn more



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