Carroll students' art heading to Comptroller's office

Westminster High School Senior Chris Scott's distorted portrait project from art class this year will be hanging in Comptroller Peter Franchot's Annapolis office for the next two months, but if the comptroller has his way, he may end up owning Scott's project.

"That is going to be worth a lot of money," Franchot said of Scott's work, adding that he might buy it. "It looks as good as any Picasso I've ever seen."

Franchot visited Carroll County Public Schools Tuesday as part of his Maryland Masters Art Program, which recognizes students' achievements in art.

Franchot created the program this year to recognize students who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills and a vision for Maryland's future. Through a partnership with Maryland superintendents and the Comptroller, the goal is for students to display a piece of their original artwork in the Comptroller's Annapolis office

The comptroller's office asked that all 24 school systems across the state provide one piece of artwork from each grade level – elementary, middle, and high.

Franchot said Tuesday he is focused on the arts because the future of Maryland's economy depends upon the creativity of young people.

Scott, who plans to study art at Salisbury University following graduation, said he was happy to be chosen as the high school representative for Carroll.

"It's really great that people can see what I can do besides my art teacher," he said.

In addition to Scott, Century High School freshman Courtney McCracken and West Middle School seventh grader Anna Ruby were recognized.

McCracken's painting of a tiger from her eighth grade year at Sykesville Middle and Ruby's painting of fall foliage from her third grade year at Friendship Valley Elementary were selected to be displayed in the comptroller's office.

Ruby said her painting was actually lost and was not found until earlier this year before her art teacher submitted it for the contest.

She admitted she had also forgotten about the project, but added that she is "really excited" to visit family in Annapolis and take them to the comptroller's office to see her work displayed.

"It'll be cool to go down and see a piece that I've done showcased to so many people," Ruby said.

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