Bel Air High student wins Hannah Hirsch Cohen Art Scholarship Award

This year's recipient of the $1,000 Hannah Hirsch Cohen Art Scholarship Award winner is a Bel Air High School artist, Gracie Rothey, of the Class of 2014.

Rothey is on her way to The Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the fall to study digital art and animation.

Not only did Rothey's lovely portfolio express her skills as an artist, but her teacher's comments, grade point average and the essay she submitted as part of the application show that she is a worthy all around academic student with the drive and determination necessary to make the most of higher education, according to the award announcement.

This is the second year a Cohen scholarship has been awarded to an aspiring artist attending Harford county schools.

The scholarship is named in memory of Hannah Cohen of Bel Air, a prolific artist who died in 2011. Her husband died the following year. The family owned and operated Hirsch's Menswear on Main Street for decades.

The scholarship was made possible by proceeds from a sale of more than 200 pieces of Mrs. Cohen's artwork at Liriodendron Mansion in the summer of 2012.

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