"Sylvia Mendez" by Maia Castro-Santos '20

“Sylvia Mendez” by Maia Castro-Santos ’20

Maia Castro-Santos ’20 has won an international student art competition for her portrait of civil rights pioneer Sylvia Mendez.

Middle School Dean Bill Ivey announced during Housemeeting today that Maia won the $2,000 junior division prize in the Unsung Heroes Art Competition for her paper collage portraying a portrait of a young civil rights pioneer, Sylvia Mendez, surrounded by words that defined the racism and discrimination of her time. The art competition was sponsored by the Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes, part of the Milken Family Foundation.

Maia’s winning artwork was chosen from a pool of nearly 300 entries and 40 finalists. Her piece, along with the other winning student art projects, will be displayed in LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, KS, a state-of-the-art museum and exhibition space opening in May 2016.

Maia’s artist’s statement and more information about the contest and sponsoring organization can be found here.

Maia Castro-Santos '20, Head of School Sally Mixsell '69, and Academic Dean Alex Bogel

Maia Castro-Santos ’20 (second from left) with her father, Ted Castro-Santos, Head of School Sally Mixsell ’69, and Academic Dean Alex Bogel.