Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced the return of last year’s highly successful program aimed at recognizing public school students who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills and vision for Maryland’s future with his Maryland Masters Award. The initiative, which debuted last school year, celebrates the achievements of young Marylanders with artistic talents and showcases the work of public school students from Kindergarten through 12th grade at the Comptroller’s Office in Annapolis.

“I look forward to again showcasing the art of Maryland’s future artists alongside the acclaimed work of artists from Maryland’s past,” Comptroller Franchot said.

Last year, 55 public school students from 19 jurisdictions throughout the state took part in the program. This year, the Comptroller hopes school superintendents from each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City submit an original piece of artwork from students in elementary, middle and high school to exhibit for two months in the Comptroller’s Office. The students, selected by their school systems, and their families will be invited to a special unveiling ceremony in their home county along with their art teachers, classmates, school officials and elected leaders.

“Maryland’s future economic success will undoubtedly rely on our ability as parents, mentors and educators to instill a creative spirit in our children to inspire them to embrace their diverse and beautiful surroundings,” the Comptroller said.

The students’ artwork will join a collection of original paintings by one of Comptroller Franchot’s favorite artists, Herman Maril. Called an American modernist, Maril was born in Baltimore and served as a professor at the University of Maryland for more than 30 years.

Nominations from school superintendents for the 2014-2015 school year will be accepted through Monday, November 3, 2014.  For details on how to submit an art piece for consideration and frequently asked questions, art teachers and school administrators may visit www.marylandtaxes.com.