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Art Show Celebrate 25 Years of Student Artwork

2019 Student Art Winner Announced

In March, four members of the Landis Homes resident art committee traveled to the Lancaster Mennonite High School campus to select the 25th student work to become part of their art collection. Siyu Wang’s piece was chosen as the 2019 Art Student Scholarship Award recipient. Wang, a Lancaster Mennonite High School senior, was chosen for her intricate depiction of a squirrel in color pencil.

“Siyu is a skilled artist at using the colored pencil medium and with her layering of colors to achieve the beautiful textures in her artwork,” says Kathy Ciaccia, Lancaster Mennonite art department director. “I feel so blessed to have such talented students like Siyu Wang and to watch their gifts be explored and developed.”


Siyu Wang with her winning piece which will become part of the Landis Homes permanent art collection.

Wang is from Beijing, China, where she lives with her family, including her parents and a younger brother. She is completing her third year at Lancaster Mennonite School and plans to graduate in May 2019.

“I love doing art, especially drawing with color pencils,” says Siyu. “I also am really interested in computer science and math. I am planning to major in animation in college.” Speaking of her high school experience, she said “I really like the diversity at LMS, and the students are really nice. There are lots of classes that my previous school didn’t have. I am really glad I came here.”

Each year since 1995, Landis Homes selects a piece of artwork from the Lancaster Mennonite High School Fine Arts Festival to become part of a permanent art collection on the retirement community campus.  In return for the work, Landis Homes makes contributions to the Lancaster Mennonite School art department and to the student to help further their education.

Art Reception March 31

To mark the 25th year milestone, a special reception was held at Landis Homes in the new Crossings Gallery on Sunday, March 31. The students from the previous years, many of whom are now in their 30s and 40s, were invited to attend this special event. Current and former teachers and others interested in reconnecting with the students were also present.

The exhibit will continue to hang in the gallery through the month of April. The Crossings Gallery is located in the new Calvin G. & Janet C. High Learning & Wellness Center at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz.  For more information, visit www.landishomes.org or call 717-381-3550.


The first six art students whose work was selected for recognition are shown in May 2000. They are pictured, front row from left: Aelee Lee, Joshua Kiehl and Fumi Ono. Back row: Kristine Hess, Jeremy Hess and Nigel Green.

List of Student Awards 1995-2019

1995 – Nigel Green (deceased)

1996 – Kristine Hess

1997 – Jeremy Hess

1998 – Fumi Ono

1999 – Aelee Lee

2000 – Joshua Kiehl

2001 – Joshua Hunt

2002 – Ashleigh Clark

2003 – David Hunt

2004 – Abigail Groff

2005 – Mary Joy King

2006 – Jodi Baliles

2007 – Kristen Ciaccia

2008 – Erika Christopher

2009 – Jennifer Shenk

2010 – Carli Bowman

2011- Hyobin Chung

2012 – Renae Gochnauer

2013 – Meghan Good

2014 – Emily Blank

2015 – Brianna Scheidt

2016 – Su Youn Na

2017 – Maya Dula

2018 – Jia Li

2019 – Siyu Wang