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About the Scholarship Award

Founded in 2017, the Queens Emerging Artist Business prize is a scholarship opportunity for students and alumni of Queens Council on the Arts’ (QCA) High School to Art School portfolio development program. A partnership between QCA and KOTRA (Korea-Trade Investment Promotion Agency), this year’s award is generously sponsored by LG Household and Health Care America, Inc. (LGHHAI) – the company is awarding an unprecedented $10,000 to seven emerging artists. LGHHAI collected designs for two products, the VDL Cosmetics Package Set, and Lucky Fiji Packaging. This competition aims to provide a platform for the best and brightest young artists in Queens, as well as help LGHHAI grow their brand with visually striking artwork.

2018 Awardees, from left:  From Left: SooA Kim, Shanjida Kibria, Clara Jeong, Deanna Cepeda, Kunning Huang, & Alexander Li (not pictured: Yuricik Canas); photo by Ken Brown

2018 Awardees, from left: From Left: SooA Kim, Shanjida Kibria, Clara Jeong, Deanna Cepeda, Kunning Huang, & Alexander Li (not pictured: Yuricik Canas); photo by Ken Brown

Read more about the seven awardees & their designs below, or check out photos from the event
on facebook and flickr!


FIRST PLACE: CLARA JEONG (HS2AS ‘13)

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When HS2AS opened the door to the language of art, the college experience taught me to explore different ways to communicate with it.
— Clara Jeong

Clara enrolled in the HS2AS portfolio program for the Summer and Fall of 2013. Upon graduation from the program, she attended Fashion Institute of Technology as a Fine Art Major in 2014, graduating this year in May. “When HS2AS opened the door to the language of art, the college experience taught me to explore different ways to communicate with it,” she writes. “My goal as an artist is to successfully understand the relationship between visual representations and human behaviors - how one influences the other.” Currently, Clara is studying User Experience Design to help gain further insight.

SECOND PLACE: YURICIK CANAS (HS2AS ‘16)

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Art has always defined my character in many ways. I can remember being surrounded by artwork from a very young age, and how this passion only grew with time.
— Yuricik Canas

“Art has always defined my character in many ways,” writes Yuricik. “I can remember being surrounded by artwork from a very young age, and how this passion only grew with time.” While Yuricik majored in engineering, she loves to create and design new things. “I´m sure it has been this aspect of art what has led me to choose what I wanted to do in life,” she says.

FINALIST: SHANJIDA KIBRIA (HS2AS ‘13)

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Shanjida Kibria was a HS2AS student in the Summer and Fall of 2014. At the time, she attended Laguardia Arts High School. Today, she is enrolled at Parsons School of Design as a communication design major. “My design focus has primarily been in branding, print, and package design,” she writes. “I hope to have a career focusing on branding and advertising.” Currently, she works part-time at the NYC Department of Sanitation's Recycling & Sustainability Bureau as a design intern. She grew up in Queens, New York, and hopes to travel a bit once she is finished with school.

FINALIST: KUNNING HUANG (HS2AS ‘12")

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Kunning Huang was born in Changsha, China, and moved to America when he was 15 years old. A graduate from The Cooper Union, he completed his studies in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. A 2011-12 HS2AS student, Kunning says, “It was an unforgettable learning experience that broadened my mind and changed my perspective on art, and helped me to get in my dream school.” In college, he pursued a multidisciplinary study that included disciplines as Sculpture, Photography, Graphic design, Video, Printmaking and Painting.

FINALIST: SOOA KIM (HS2AS ‘10)

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An alumni of HS2AS from 2008-10, SooA Kim is a multimedia artist based in New York. She works primarily with the mediums of video, sound and performance. Kim's current works examine socially constructed ideas within the sphere of performing arts, creating interdisciplinary work in live interactive spaces and also in VR/AR platforms. Her work has been selected for eminent exhibitions in United States, Canada, Germany, Russia, Vietnam and Czech Republic. She received her BFA from Parsons the New School for Design and is currently a candidate for Video and Media Design MFA at Carnegie Mellon University.

FINALIST: ALEXANDER LI (HS2AS ‘13)

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Alexander Li is New York based Illustrator and designer. He graduated from Parsons the New School of Design. He attended the HS2AS program in the 2013, during my senior year of High School.

FINALIST: DEANNA CEPEDA (hs2as ‘15)

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Deanna Cepeda participated in HS2AS in the summer of 2015. Currently a sophomore at Pratt Institute, she is currently studying Art Direction/Advertising. “I had a great time designing the front of this package,” she writes.


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