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NESA Visual Arts Student Wins "Best in Show" Prize in Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes ArtEffect Project competition

 The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC) has announced the seven winners of the 5th annual ArtEffect Project competition, an international art competition that challenges middle and high school students to honor unsung heroes creatively and skillfully. 

The High School $3,000 Best-in-Show prize went to San Antonio, Texas 12th grader Piper Bangs, who attends North East School of the Arts at LEE High School. “Portrait of Sofya Kovalevskava in the Grand Manner”, Bangs’ fine art piece, pays homage to Sofya Kovalevskaya, a mathematician who challenged gender norms in order to earn her doctorate and become a university professor.

“ArtEffect winners show visionary thinking and creative skills of a superior nature,” said LMC Executive Director Norm Conard. “We, at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, salute excellence and the active imagination of our student champions.”

The ArtEffect judging panel consisted of LMC’s executive leadership and notable figures in the art design world, including professionals from ArtCenter College of Design, California Institute of the Arts and Scripps College and Pomona College.

Painting entitled "Portrait of Sofya Kovalevskaya in the Grand Manner" by Piper Bangs