The Orange County Register’s is proud to announce the 2022 nominees for the Artist of the Year program.
Like the athletes representing their country at the Olympics, these high school students represent the artistic excellence cultivated in 72 high schools and arts organizations in Orange County. This year, 646 juniors and seniors were nominated by arts teachers and private arts teachers.
In each discipline – theatre, dance, film, vocal music, instrumental music, computer-aided visual arts and craft visual arts – students have been assigned to specific specialties that highlight the area of the discipline in which they are most successful. accomplished. For example, a dance student may be assigned to concert dance, commercial dance, street dance, or world/cultural dance.
Following this initial nomination, a panel of arts educators narrowed down the list and chose the semi-finalists to move on to a series of in-person interviews with arts professionals and arts professors from Orange County universities. . The semi-finalists will be announced on April 24. The best artist of the year for each discipline, as well as the finalists in each specialty, will be announced on May 1.
This program is in its third year of generous sponsorship from the Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Chapman committed $25,000 per year for general operating expenses.
“We’re so excited to be able to welcome OC Artist of the Year back to Chapman, and in person! We’ve been through a very tough time for the performing arts, but we’re opening up and getting back to live shows, who are truly what we all live for,” said Giulio M. Ongaro, Dean of Chapman’s College of Performing Arts. “Our partnership with OC Artist of the Year is very important to us at the College of Performing Arts because we want to recognize excellence in the arts and encouraging young students to pursue their dreams.We are honored to be part of this important event.
Additionally, Laguna College of Art and Design is offering $250 to each of the top seven students and will also provide a $2,500 scholarship to any finalist in the visual arts or animation majors who plan to attend LCAD.
“We are proud to sponsor the Artist of the Year program for the fourth consecutive year,” said Steve Brittan, President of LCAD. “And this year is especially exciting for us, as we emerge from the pandemic and once again have the honor of being able to meet these talented and creative leaders of the future, and experience their incredible work in person.”
To see the full list of nominees for each discipline, student teacher endorsements, and links to sample student work, click the links below.