Our law firm is excited to announce our 11th Annual Bousquet Holstein High School Photography Contest for Syracuse City and Onondaga County high school students in grades 9 through 12. As it has every year, our inspiration comes from the Everson Museum of Art. This year, our theme is inspired by the art of Yoko Ono.
Yoko Ono’s first solo show, This is Not Here, was held at the Everson in 1971. This fall the Everson will host Yoko Ono: Remembering The Future. Yoko Ono’s art is devoted to fostering the imagination and creating human connections. She once said, “Art is my life and my life is art.”
She was a member of Fluxus, which, according to Artsy, embodied a “spirit of rebellion against the commercial art market, elitism, and the conventions of both art and society, had its roots in Dada, Futurism, and Surrealism, while its irreverence and youthful energy were in tune with the burgeoning counterculture of the 1960s.”
This year’s photo contest theme is titled Art of Living / Living Art.
With the inspiration of Yoko Ono’s art and the Fluxus movement, we ask students to create images that are irreverent, reflect living art and the art of living, embody the unconventional and the revolutionary, and that champion the art of our everyday lives.
Bousquet Holstein PLLC and its members have been consistent supporters of the arts and education in our city and county. Each year we feature the 1st Place winning photograph on our Thanksgiving card which we mail to our clients. In the liner notes of the greeting cards we include a brief biography about the artist, the theme, and the subject matter of their image. In late October, we host a showing of the top 20+ entries at a reception for finalists and their immediate families and teachers at which time the winning photo is announced. Cash scholarship prizes are awarded to students for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place photographs and a donation by the firm is made to the visual arts department of the 1st Place winning school. In 2016, we also awarded two additional “Honorable Mention” prizes. The winning images have also been showcased in local newspapers and many schools choose to congratulate their winning students in their monthly newsletters to parents.
Masthead Photo: Photo was taken by Jessica Whitney, a senior at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Her image is entitled “Jump Into Architecture”. Jessica’s
photograph was the winning entry in the 2018 Bousquet Holstein Student Photography Contest, Architecture-Mirror of Life.