Carver student finalist in YoungArts competition [Towson]

Two artists from the Carver Center for Arts and Technology are being recognized for their outstanding artwork. Senior Cole Dininno and his teacher, Daria Souvorova, both of the visual arts prime program, have their work exhibited from Miami to New York, respectively, and Dininno is eagerly awaiting the results of a national competition.

Dininno, a mixed media visual artist, just returned from Miami where he was a finalist in the YoungArts competition at National YoungArts Week. He is waiting to learn if he will be a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.


Souvorova's series of drawings and paintings, titled "Seven Deadly Sins," was on display in December at Sculpture Space in Utica, N.Y. One specific piece of the series, "Pride," was selected to be part of the permanent collection at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art, also in New York.

According to Souvorova, "Seven Deadly Sins" is an exploration of follies and masks. "Robbing sitters of their intended personas, each sin seeks to expose the awkwardness and vulnerability inherent in betraying one's own weaknesses," reads a description.


Souvorova's next work titled, "Lost and Gained," is personal. "I'm trying to find a way to empathize with a character's skin that acts as an autobiographical element."

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Also, many of her peers are becoming pregnant for the first time. "I have become really interested in the relationship between the changes of your body and what you give up of yourself for the sake of creating something new. I want to chronicle the various achievements and losses, the bruises and cuts of our lives and how they are immortalized in the folds of our flesh."

She hopes to complete the majority of her work during a residency in Guildford, Australia, this coming summer.

Karen Steele, principal of Carver Center, encourages her faculty members to publish and exhibit their work to serve as models for their students.

Souvorova recognizes the benefits in being a mentor to students like Dininno.

"I'm 10 years out where these kids want to be," said Souvorova. "Most want to go to art school, and the problems they are having are the same ones I had. I can empathize with them. I have the chance to share the work that I struggled with in the early years."

You can see more of Souvorova's work on her website,

Congratulations to Notre Dame Prep's Shelly Etienne, a sophomore, whose drawing, "Me, Myself, and I," will represent the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) at a special student exhibit this month at the Walters Art Museum. She then travels to the Maryland State House for the MAEA student art exhibit to be on display until May. Her art teacher, Anne Walker, of Monkton, is an accomplished area artist as well in natural landscapes.