Congratulations Graduates!

The Art Effect wishes all of our graduating seniors the very best as they spread their wings and become alumni of The Art Effect.

The Art Effect is proud to celebrate the achievements of graduating seniors from its MADLab, Spark Studios, and Art Institute programs. Students who completed the Art Institute’s rigorous Senior Project last fall received over $835,000 in scholarship offers from colleges across the country. They will be attending such noted institutions as Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), The Savannah College of Art and Design, Mercy College, and more.

We look forward to seeing all of your future accomplishments!

Some of our 2021 Graduates…

Alyssa Palermo, FDR High School
Amya West, Poughkeepsie High School
Ava Vernor, New Rochelle High School
Benjamin Pahucki, Goshen High School
Eliza Behrke, New Paltz High School
Emma Bakker, New Paltz High School
Maia Rose, The Mount Academy
Mia Cornell, The Harvey School
Devin Jarvis, Millbrook High School
Victoria Fuller, Poughkeepsie High School
Makayla Lanier, Poughkeepsie High School
KyAzia West, Poughkeepsie High School
Cricket Withall, Kingston High School
Gabrielle Levinger-Louie, The Harvey School

Aminah Augustin-Muhammad, Arlington High School
Arden Terapane, Our Lady of Lourdes
Gypsy Brownell-Medina, John Jay High School
Karega Wood, Poughkeepsie High School
Rafael Santana, Faith Christian Academy
Liana Dockery, Poughkeepsie High School
Allison Hoyos, Arlington High School
Julianna Tompkins, John Jay High School
Charlotte Trick, John Jay High School
Isabella Stevens, Arlington High School
Isabella Cristian- Fernandez, Rondout Valley High School
Benjamin Sherry, Red Hook High School

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Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt
Executive Director 

We are so proud of the class of 2021! The resilience and creativity you showed through this past year went far beyond what anyone would have expected in previous years. Congratulations and may the lessons you’ve learned continue to serve you throughout your lives. We are honored to be a part of your journey.

Anna Langdell
Director of Development & Communications 

Way to go, class of 2021! You made it through a difficult year with the best parting gift of all — a high school diploma. We can’t WAIT to see what creative projects you come up with next!

Lauren Hollick
Director of Explore Programming 

Congrats class of 2021! Your hard work, passion, and dedication paid off and you are on your way to exciting new experiences. I and The Art Effect wish you the best of luck. Keep in touch and keep creating. 

Paul Thompson
Media Workforce Manager

Congratulations to the class of 2021! We are so proud of all of your accomplishments.  You’ve made it through such a unique year and now it is time to celebrate!

Rick Price
Art Institute Teacher

To everyone I have taught, and to those who I have not had the honor to meet, Congratulations, you made it! The results of your hard work have already opened doors for you next year, but that is not where the fruits of your labor will end. The understanding that you have nurtured, that only hard work breeds success, will take you to heights beyond your imagination. I look forward with great anticipation to see what wonderful things you will create in your futures. Please stay in touch with me and the Art Effect, and understand that we are always here when you need us.

Sarah Taylor
Media/IT Coordinator & Teaching Artist 

While I want to wish you all the best of luck as you head out to take on what’s next for each of you, more I want to to affirm that I know each of you are already capable of doing great things. If you ever need a reminder of that, call The Art Effect and we can remind you of the hard work, creativity, and dedication to doing something amazing that we saw from all of you in our programs.

Joanna Frang
Trolley Barn Gallery Director

Congratulations! Your dedication and creativity are an inspiration. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

Pamela Perry
Marketing & Communications Manager

It’s been quite a year! A big congratulations to the class of 2021, you did it! Your talent, perseverance, and passions will drive you to accomplish great things and we cannot wait to see where life takes you. Stay in touch!

About: For decades, The Art Effect’s summer programs, Dutchess Arts Camp, Junior Art Institute (now called Summer Intermediate Arts Program) and Summer Art Institute, have enriched and empowered local youth through art and exploration. The path to achieving scholarship-worthy portfolios starts this summer by honing the skills and interest of students of all ages. It’s never too early to nurture a child’s passion for the arts. Motivated students can learn more about The Art Effect’s video, virtual, and in-person options for youth ages 4-10, 11-13 and 14-19 at