By Ron Matz

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) —  There’s a new award for budding artists in Baltimore County.

Three extraordinary works of art were chosen as Maryland Masters–an award showcasing up-and-coming talent in local schools.

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Award-winning artwork was unveiled in Towson Monday. Each piece was recognized with a new award by State Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“Technology we can teach to anyone.  What we need is content.  We need people that can draw, people that can think, people that can create,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Baltimore County Schools Chief Dallas Dance is a firm believer in arts in education.

“I get excited everywhere I go I am able to brag that our community really does appreciate arts in education.  We have been recognized nationally for our work and I’ve been known to steal a little artwork and bring it to Greenwood,” said Dance.

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The contest is open to all students in grades K-12.

This year, three artists were chosen: Haley White, a fifth-grader at Glenmar Elementary School in Middle River who did a self-portrait; Maria Karvounis, a seventh-grader at Hereford Middle School in Monkton who drew a still life using watercolor paints, oil pastels and charcoal; and Jasmine Gilliam, a senior at Randallstown High School who did a colored pencil portrait using India ink.

“I’m really happy, really excited,” said Karvounis. “I can’t believe I was chosen. There was a lot of other good artwork, so I’m really happy.”

“I never thought I would be here. My teacher one day said ‘You’re going to be in Maryland Masters.’ I said, ‘Oh, my. That’s great.’  But I didn’t know until today this was such a big award and event,” said Gilliam.

All three Baltimore County students will have their artwork displayed for two months at the Comptroller’s Office in Annapolis.

The awards presentation took place at Baltimore County School Headquarters at the Greenwood Mansion.

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