Art Competition

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County

is pleased to announce a Student Art Competition for Grades K-12

Submissions will be judged by professional artists and winning artwork will be featured in the CCE Nassau Annual Gardening Calendar.

All participants will receive a certificate for participating. 

Click here for rules and information regarding the competition.



Jim Minet maintains a studio in New York, on Long Island - working in watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Jim studied at The Art Student's League in Manhattan and taught drawing and painting at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Jim now teaches at the Nassau County Museum of Art and Mills Pond House historical site and gallery in Smithtown, NY, and on

Frequently Jim will demonstrate, or has demonstrated, painting throughout the Eastern USA for brands such as Sennelier, Daniel Smith, Fabriano, Silver Brush, Masterpiece Canvas, and others. Exhibits where his work has been featured include, Firefly Gallery in Northport, The Art Students League in Manhattan, the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport Long Island, and the Long Island Museum.

"What I am looking to do as an artist is to express my voice, and since my work is representational in nature but still very eclectic, I like to experiment with different mediums and styles. As people we are fluid, dynamic, ever changing. My art will change because I will change. Ultimately, I believe that whatever creative expression you give to the world -- it is, and can only be, a reflection of yourself." - Jim Minet


Michelle Palatnik is a figurative painter who specializes in portraiture. She earned her BFA from NYU and studied classical methods of realism at the Grand Central Atelier. You can view her work at the Salmagundi Club and Main Street Gallery in Huntington. In addition to her studio practice, Michelle has taught at the Nassau County Museum of Art and served as the Art League of Long Island’s Portfolio Specialist. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Concordia College.

Michelle’s teaching style welcomes an unrestrained pursuit of ideas. She approaches everything with a fresh curiosity and encourages her students to explore not only art and history, but themselves, as freely and honestly as possible. Valuing diversity of thought and experience, there is no concept or style that isn’t given earnest effort to understand. Michelle genuinely cares about people and crafts courses that address her students’ needs. Above all, she pushes them to think deeply, observe closely, and create with purpose.

"I am grateful to be able to pursue my passion and help others discover their voice. I have always believed in art's ability to extend beyond language, to help us pause and reflect. Creating art allows us to process our emotions; viewing and appreciating it allows us to experience them. In trying to express something about the world, we are given the chance to really look at it with greater sensitivity. Artistic expression empowers, mends, and enables patience, feeling, and understanding. I believe in the power of art.” - Michelle Palatnik

Last updated May 11, 2022