The 2009 Jane Cameron Award Goes to Jessica Whitney

H’Art Studio is very pleased to announce, H’Art artist Jessica Whitney is the winner of the 2009 Jane Cameron Award! The Jane Cameron Archives Committee (JCAC) and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) established an annual national award for a person with Down Syndrome who displays expertise in the area of the arts. Congratulations to Jessica! Another H’Art Artist, Analisa Kiskis received an honourable mention. Congratulations to Analisa!

Here are some notes and comments from the judges on Jessica’s work:!

Jessica Whitney: Winner!

  • Obvious passion/emotion
  • Art is very sophisticated, beyond simple
  • Shows technique, style, consideration
  • Great choice of colour and composition
  • Really appreciated the way she spoke about her work, passion

Another comment: “The judges are also really impressed overall and thought that H’Art of Ottawa was great, shows a lot and does a lot for their students’ work!”

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