Reagan High School Senior Wins Bookmarks Contest

Area Teen Artists to be Honored at Red Dog Gallery


Marianna Liontis, first place winner of 2016 annual student art contest.

Image courtesy of Bookmarks

Bookmarks and Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS) recently announced the winner of the 2016 annual student art contest. Marianna Liontis, a rising senior at Reagan High School won first place. Her bookmark was chosen from over 100 entries submitted by Forsyth County students in middle and high school. Liontis’ artwork will be printed on 5,000 bookmarks to be distributed throughout Winston-Salem and surrounding counties.

An art student for ten years now, Marianna says, “I love anything to do with art, whether it’s drawing, dancing or music. Drawing is a passion of mine, and I hope to continue it by minoring in art throughout college.”  She will be honored at the Student Artists’ Reception: Unveiling of the 2016 Bookmark, to be held on Friday, September 2 from 7–8 p.m. at Red Dog Gallery, 606 Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Liontis’ work, along with four other award-winning student entries, will be on display through September 29.

Ashlyn Comer, a Reagan High School rising 10th grader, received second place, and Deborah Nowak, a Reagan High School rising 10th grader, received third place. Honorable mentions went to Evelyn Couch, a rising 8th grader at Southeast Middle School, and Nova Cunningham, a rising 10th grader at Reagan High School.

“The number of Middle School and High School student submissions this year for the bookmarks’ art contest was well above our expectations,” says Julie Knabb, art director with Art For Art’s Sake. “The body of student artwork was one of the most creative and well-executed that the Art For Art’s Sake Curating Committee has received to date. We are very proud of the outstanding work provided by this group of young artists and we look forward to exhibiting the top five entries at Red Dog Gallery during the September Gallery Hop.”

About Art for Art's Sake

Art for Art’s Sake builds, educates, and celebrates Community through Art. Arts on Sunday, held during the months of May and October, features arts, crafts and music and is held on Trade Street in the Downtown Arts District. Visit for more information.

About Bookmarks

Bookmarks is a literary arts organization based in Winston-Salem that engages, inspires, and connects readers with authors. This is achieved through the largest annual free book festival in North and Carolina; Triad-based author talks, and an Authors in Schools program. Bookmarks’ free festival of books and authors will be held September 8-11, 2016. Visit for more information.

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