Congratulations to the 9 Winners of the Corona Art Contest
The VI Lottery sponsored an art contest this summer for students to illustrate how the pandemic has affected them. The 9 winner's art pieces are showcased on our November 12th ticket!
A HUGE Wave of Gratitude to these extraordinary artists ...

Angelina Springer - 1st Place Winner for St. Croix District Jr. High / High School Category

Angelina Springer - 1st Place Winner for St. Croix District Jr. High/ High School Category
Angelina is a 15 year old 10th grader at the St. Croix Central High School. Angelina is a lover of the arts. Over the years, she’s spent her time sketching, painting, and making modular origami. Most of her time is spent reading books and drawing. She started getting serious about her art in the 7th grade where she mostly drew people. Now her artwork is comprised of semi realism portraits and full bodied comic book styled characters.
Angelina Springer - 1st Place Winner for St. Croix District Jr. High/ High School Category

Title of Art: "Effects of a Virus"

- Angelina Springer

In this piece, I tried to depict what some of the things we know see due to this pandemic. I showed the top 5 countries being affected, the popular 'stay home' and 'stay safe' hastags, how governments around the world show more care to their economy than citizens, online homeschooling, stock market drops, and the decline in CO2 emissions. These are some of the impacts, whether good or bad, that have affected us all.

Coral Maercer - 2nd Place St. Croix High School/Jr. High School Division

Coral Maercer - 2nd Place St. Croix High School/Jr. High School Division
Coral is a 15 year old going into tenth grade. She recently moved here from Alaska and enjoys the beach, sailing and music.

Title of Art: "Extrospection"

- Coral Maercer

How do we deal with the media? All the bad news constantly being broadcasted in all aspects of our lives. I chose to ignore it for the most part, focus on what affected me.  But while making this I realized that there is more than just me in this world. I might not be affected, but other people definitely are.  That is what this piece is about to me. How we hide from the world instead of facing it. About breaking out of your mind.  And making the world you hide from a little bit better.

Aurys Herrera - 3rd Place Winner for the St.Croix District Jr High / High School Category

Aurys Herrera - 3rd Place Winner for the St.Croix District Jr High / High School Category
Sixteen-year old, Aurys Herrera, was born on the tropical land of the Dominican Republic and was raised among the beautiful crucian culture, here on St. Croix. Growing up, she has always found a way to out-show her creativity from the simple doodles in her math book to month-long paintings. Humbly considering herself as a beginner in the world of art, Aurys enjoys observing and learning from inspirational and creative artists who share a similar passion as her. Aside from her quiet personality, Aurys isn’t afraid to boldly share her faith and beliefs in her art pieces. Her friends and those who have been an audience to her work, would describe her as intriguing, creative and very unique. The young teen believes that with a living imagination and just enough dedication, anyone can become an artist.

Title of Art: "At The Cross"

- Aurys Herrera

There is no sickness, thought, addiction, or darkness strong enough to prevail in the presence of the cross. We can be surrounded by negativity and tribulations but we shouldn’t surrender our peace and hope to these temporary things, but to the only One that defeated death itself. Each symbol either represents a struggle, may it be health or physical wise, or a source, of anxiety, addiction or depression. No matter how bad or chaotic things may be, the power of the cross will always be powerful yet at the same time calming to the troubled heart. The strongest act of love that took place years ago is still enough in these times to heal and transform.

Deja Marie - 1st Place Winner for the St. Thomas District Jr. High / High School Category

Deja Marie - 1st Place Winner for the St. Thomas District Jr. High / High School Category
Deja-Marie Simon is a 17 year old Senior who attends the Peter Gruber International Academy. She has been interested in art ever since she the age of 4. Her career interest is to either be an Illustrator or a Animator. Deja-Marie’so goal is to keep expanding on her business by adding more products with her art designs.

Title of Artwork: "We survive this!"

- Deja Marie

This drawing was inspired by face mask. Due to this pandemic masks have become a important part of our wardrobe. I have noticed that lots of people in my community respect the safety of everyone around them. It is important that you protect yourself and everyone around you too.

Bilal Muhammad - the 2nd Place Winner for the St. Thomas District Jr.High / High School Category

Bilal Muhammad - the 2nd Place Winner for the St. Thomas District Jr.High / High School Category

Bilal is 15, born April 21 2005 and in homeschool. He was raised doing art because both of his parents are extraordinary artists. He loves doing origami and pencil art. He has made money off of doing origami in second - fifth grade. When he moved to the states and came back down he started doing acting and singing. When this contest came up it inspired him to start drawing again.

"I don't paint much but I thought I do something new for the contest for my own self improvement and now I will continue doing my art in different forms such as singing and poetry."

Title of Art: "19 Restriction"

- Bilal Muhammad

My name is Bilal Muhummad. I’m a 15-year-old homeschool student taking UVI classes and this is my presentation about how the pandemic breakout makes me feel. I named my piece "19 Restriction", because I was restricted from a virus named covid-19. It prevented me from doing lots of outside activities such as traveling, Sports and meeting friend. that’s why I put chains on his leg, to show going places going places, wasn’t much of an option but even when going outside we are still required to wear masks, which I would say was quite annoying and a restriction for my breathing. Touching any this is also a risk of getting sick, hence the chain on his hand. Though all of this going on, it's getting better stores and restaurants open back up people are going back outside and people are getting jobs. It might never go back to normal but St Thomas will be just fine and we'll go back to saying bless you when someone sneezes, in public instead of giving them the meanest stare in the world.

Isabella Merurio - 3rd Place Winner for the St.Thomas/St. John District Jr. High / High School Category

Isabella Merurio - 3rd Place Winner for the St.Thomas/St. John District Jr. High / High School Category

My name is Isabella Mercurio. I am 14 years old. I moved here from Baltimore, Maryland last year. I love being able to express myself through Visual Art and Creative Writing. Topics that are important to me are Environmental Science & Civil Rights , Mental Health Awareness and the Black Lives Matter movement.

It is important to me that I continue to develop my skills so that my messages will be clear and my work will be meaningful and purposeful. Together we are stronger on these issues.

Title of Art: "The World"

- Isabella Merurio

This painting is about Love and change during the Corona virus.

It represents how we are healing while the Earth is too.

Globally we all can see how the world is polluted and it impacts us as much as it does the environment.

The person holding up the Earth is representing a change we need to see in the world. Showing how we are not separate.

Khm-Shawa A.N. Samuel - 1st Place Elementary School Division Territory Wide

Khm-Shawa A.N. Samuel - 1st Place Elementary School Division Territory Wide

Born on Queen Street in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands Khm-Shawa developed her artistic interests while learning at the Lew Muckle Elementary School (LMES). To date, she has won four art competitions to include one hosted by St. Croix Lion's Club that was sent to Jamaica for further competition. An inductee/member of the school's and territoy's first National Elementary Honor Society, Khm (as She is affectionately called) has been actively engaged as an athlete on the LMES's softball, volleyball, basketball, track&field, soccer and flag football teams. She also enjoys playing for the school's steel pan orchestra. Recognized as having "First Honors" for her 6th grade class, Khm-Shawa is looking forward to life as a junior high school student and is expected to attend the John H. Woodson Jr. High School.

Khm-Shawa would like to continue in the pursuit of a career as a professional visual artist while also engaging in culinary arts and cosmetology. She sees herself becoming a successful multi-functional Entrepreneur.

Title of Art: "Fight Covid"

- Khm-Shawa A.N. Samuel

The Corona virus/covid-19 presence has and still is drastically impacting the world in various ways. One of the major factors impacted is love...the way we are able to love and show love. My drawing is a representation of how the world as a whole has been affected and is changing. It shows one half of the world taking precautions to make sure it remains in a healthy state of love while living and the other side shows how dangerous loving can be if not done with precautions.

Lilly Seibert - 2nd Place Winner for the Territory Wide Elementary School Category

Lilly Seibert - 2nd Place Winner for the Territory Wide Elementary School Category

Lilly has lived in St.Thomas for almost 10 years with her parents and younger brother. She just completed her 5th grade year. She loves swimming, cats, and art. Her favorite mediums of art are drawing in her sketchbook and watercolor paintings.

Artwork title: "Spongy-Covid"

- Lilly Seibert

The sponge represents Covid-19. In my prescriptive Covid-19 is cleaning the earth.

Ellis Wisehart - 3rd Place Winner for the Territory Wide District Elementary School Category

Ellis Wisehart - 3rd Place Winner for the Territory Wide District Elementary School Category

I was born on St. Thomas and have never gotten bored of seeing the beautiful ocean and sky. I am 12 years old and going into 7th grade at the Peter Gruber International Academy. I am very grateful to be able to express myself in art for this competition. I would like to thank Ms. Amy Gibbs and the Art Explorium for always supporting artists in the community and for continuing to teach art class virtually through this pandemic. I would also like to thank all the people who made this competition possible and encourage everyone to keep doing art. 

Title of Art: "Love is in the Air"

- Ellis Wisehart

My painting, "Love is in the Air" explores how the power of love can help you through difficult times. This shows our current situation with the Coronavirus, but the idea can apply to a variety of struggles that we all face.

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