Students Celebrate Opening of Long Island’s Best 2023

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 2023! Now celebrating its 27th 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 a record-breaking 553 student submissions, representing 77 participating high schools across Long Island. Karli Wurzelbacher, Heckscher Museum Curator, and guest juror, Samantha Dominik, selected 91 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 were invited to view the exhibition during an exclusive Long Island’s Best Preview Day on Saturday, April 29.  Award-winning students attended an in-person award ceremony held that evening. A wonderful time was had by all celebrating these amazing young artists! Congratulations once again to all of the exhibiting students!

View list of all exhibiting artists

Exhibition Brochure:   English   Español



Top Four Awards:
Grace Nah, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School – First Place, Celebrate Achievement Best in Show
Sophia Rose, Harborfields High School – Second Place, Judith Sposato Memorial Prize
Julia Chan, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School – Third Place, The Hadley Prize
Morgan Giordano, Sayville High School – Fourth Place, The Stan Brodsky Scholarship Award

Achievement Awards:
Joseph Carrabis, Huntington High School, Achievement Award
Emilia Greco, Northport High School, Achievement Award
Natalia Juleanne Monsale, Glen Cove High School, Achievement Award
Sophia Tine, Huntington High School, Fred Pilkington Award of Achievement
Natalie Zhou, Herricks High School

Honorable Mentions:
Ava DeAngelis, Oyster Bay High School
Aisy Franciscovich, Huntington High School
Natalie Hayes, East Rockaway High School
Ellia Zhang, Herricks High School

Renzo & Lynette Bianchi Scholarship Awards:
Christopher Chasse Hernandez, Westbury High School
Eva Diesso,  Islip High School
Emilia Greco, Northport High School
Sebastian Ramirez, Huntington High School
Maia Schnaider, Half Hollow Hills High School West
Kal Vasconez, South Side High School
Ellia Zhang, Herricks High School

Andrew Presberg Promising Young Artist Award:
Maia Schnaider, Half Hollow Hills High School West

Cozza Family Photography Award:
Minami Rodger, John F. Kennedy High School

Joseph Mack Achievement Awards:
Kareena Galani, Jericho Senior High School
Johanna Kim, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School

Huntington Fine Arts Honorable Mentions:
Julia Chan, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School
Emily DeRosa, East Meadow High School
Ellie Johnson, Northport High School

Donald & Gloria Horn Scholarship Award:
Eva Diesso,  Islip High School

Donald G. Horn, Jr. Scholarship Award:
Venus Yu, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School



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