Roost Studios 2019 Student Art Competition

Roost Studios is committed to helping passionate student artists realize their full potential. This year, we will be awarding $2,000 in scholarships to student artists who stand out among their peers.

This competition is an opportunity for local New Paltz student artists to participate in a student art exhibition and compete for scholarship prizes at the same time.

All student artists participating in the exhibition will automatically be considered for scholarship prizes.


Roost Studios Emerging Artist Award

Amount: $1000*

# of Recipients: 1

Available to New Paltz High School seniors pursuing higher education in the arts.

*Award amount will be paid out to the student's future college or university of attendance.

Roost Boost Student Art Award

Amount: $250*

# of Recipients: 4

*Award amount will be directly available to the student artist.

Available to SUNY New Paltz art students demonstrating excellence and dedication in the arts.

Submission Materials:

Applicants are required to submit a small digital portfolio and brief essay in order to be considered for the student exhibition and scholarship contest.

Digital portfolios must include five works of art (and dimensions in inches) for consideration by Roost Studios members and competition judges.

Applicants must also provide a brief essay (500 words max) responding to either or both of the following questions:

1) What inspires you as an artist?

2) How has art made you who you are?

Accepted applicants will be required to submit at least one physical work to the student art exhibition. There are no size limitations on physical works submitted to the exhibition. However, all work must be wall mountable, wired, and able to hang on a hook.


These physical pieces, along with the applicant's personal essay, will represent the criteria used by our judges in determining scholarship recipients.

Submit your application electronically at

Important Dates:

The following is a timeline of the competition:

April 14 - All digital applications due (Due date has been extended one week).

April 14 - Accepted applicants will be notified of their inclusion in the exhibition.

April 21 - Drop off day for exhibition. All physical works to be delivered to the gallery.

May 4 - Opening reception for exhibition.

Meet the Judges:

Emmy Hastings

Emmy is a local artist who’s careers have included 20 years as an illustrator/designer for a top NYC publishing house, illustrator for Hudson Valley Magazine and High School Art teacher for the past 17 years. Her High School AP students have received numerous Scholastic Art Awards including National Gold and American Vision Scholarships. She currently paints at her home studio and plein air using watercolor, acrylic and oils.

"I like to see the passion and honesty of the artist emerge from a body of work, perhaps through the use of light, texture, strong composition, evocative subject matter or objects portrayed in unconventional ways. The artworks should also display a knowledge of the materials used."

Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a B.S. in Art Education, and is the recipient of a prestigious Fellowship in Painting from New York Foundation of the Arts. His work has been exhibited at the American Consulate in Hong Kong as part of the Artists In Embassies Program, and has graced the sets of such popular television series as Showtime's Billions.  Kevin has been a Guest Educator at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz and his luminous and romantic landscape paintings have a strong regional following.

Barbara Lane

A resident of the Hudson Valley since graduating from SUNY New Paltz, Barbara enjoyed a rewarding career teaching art in Amenia and Wappingers Falls for 33 years, Since retiring in 2000, she has volunteered at 'Family' of New Paltz, currently works in the office of the Reformed Church, and most recently enjoys being a "Repair Coach", fixing broken jewelry pieces at the New Paltz site of the Repair Cafe.

Roost Studios & Art Gallery

69 Main Street, 2nd Floor

New Paltz, NY


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11:00 am - 8:00 pm


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