By ML Ball
Photos: Courtesy of The Art Effect
Obviously, the judges at this year’s Scholastic Art Awards knew what they were doing. By bestowing one of only two Silver Art Portfolio Awards in the entire Hudson Valley region to James Hyland, they served notice that this prolific artist and powerful storyteller is one to watch.
Catching a glimpse of James, however, is no easy task. Whether painting sets as part of an internship with Denizen Theatre in New Paltz, producing short films for morning announcements at school, designing shirts with friends for their Sleep Later clothing line, creating a series of 12 illustrations of a futuristic sci-fi galaxy for his AP Studio class, or rehearsing for the school musical Newsies, all while finishing up his senior year at New Paltz High School, he’s a bit busy.
“I’ve always liked to draw things, tell stories,” James said recently. “In sixth grade, I used to tell my two little brothers bedtime stories. I had a nine-season series planned, all based on Marvel characters, and we got through three seasons before they got too big.”
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