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School One is RI Arts Powerhouse

For the third straight year, School One student wins NATIONAL Scholastic Art Award 

PROVIDENCE, RI – For the third consecutive year, a School One student has won a national gold medal at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Less than 1% of all art submissions around the country win at the national level.  The gold medal will be awarded at a ceremony at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on June 2, 2016.

Vesper Guo from Providence, Rhode Island won for her ink drawing entitled “Reflection.”  Miss Guo currently has two sculptures on display at Providence’s Sprout Gallery and one of her photographs was recently chosen for a show at Pennsylvania’s Drexel University. 

The awards demonstrate a significant achievement for School One, a high school with an enrollment of just 90 students. School One students have taken national art awards in 2012, 2014, 2015, and now 2016.

School One is a small, independent high school located on the East Side of Providence. School One offers an exciting array of art courses such as photography, jewelry making, surrealist art, graphic design, visual storytelling, video, painting and drawing, and sculpture.

From its founding in 1973 in a bowling alley in downtown Providence, School One has attracted creative students.  Many have considerable talent and a deep interest in the arts. They have been taught and mentored by the school’s top-notch art faculty (most of whom are professional artists). Every year a number of School One students are accepted at the country’s most prestigious art schools, including Pratt Institute, Savannah College of Art, Cooper Union, RISD, Fashion Institute of Technology, Mass College of Art and Design and the Art Institutes of Chicago and of Boston. Many of the school’s alumni became painters, illustrators, and sculptors as well as poets, authors and playwrights. 

School One students now join Scholastic’s legacy of celebrated authors and artists including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, and Lena Dunham.  More information on the Scholastics program is available at

For more information about School One, or to schedule a tour,  please contact Julia Volynsky at School One, 401-331-2497 or by email at