Do You Know Miranda Fermin?

Miranda Fermin

Miranda Fermin with her Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medal Award

Miranda was born on June 29 in Wilford Hall, San Antonio, and will be sixteen in a a couple of weeks. Other than two years in California and three in Louisiana — courtesy of her father’s military career — she has lived in San Antonio.

Miranda will start her junior year at Brackenridge High School in August. She is also a student in SAY Sí’s Visual Arts Program, which she attends after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Saturdays. Students in the Visual Arts Program work on a project each month that gets presented at SAY Si on First Friday. Currently she’s working with her fellow students on Stories Seldom Told, which will be presented on First Friday in July.

Every year students in the Visual Arts Program are assigned a self portrait project. Last year the assignment was to create a self portrait based on the style of Rembrandt or Renoir. Miranda’s instructor entered her self portrait in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition (schools across the southern states submitted the best works of select students). Miranda won a “Gold Key Award” in that competition, which made her portrait eligible for the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition. There were over 200,000 works of art and writing submitted from students around the world. Miranda was one of under 2,000 students to win a “Gold Medal Award” in the national competition, and she was invited to the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City!

Miranda Fermin

Miranda with her portrait.

Escorted by her father — Armand — Miranda attended the ceremony on June 1st. The ceremony showcased some of the submissions, and Miranda’s portrait was one of the works selected for display on the stage of Carnegie Hall! Guest speakers at this prestigious event included Meryl Streep, Edward Sorel (renowned cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine), and other alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Award.

Currently, Miranda’s portrait — along with the other submissions — is on display at the Parsons New School for Design gallery in Soho, NYC.

In addition to school and her art work, Miranda keeps busy. She works part time at Justin’s Ice Cream Company on the Riverwalk. With earnings from that job, she recently purchased a bicycle, which you’ll see her riding frequently in Southtown. She studies Russian and is working towards fluency. Currently she is a proficient reader of the Russian language and she can carry on a casual conversation. She enjoys vacationing with her father and in recent years they have visited southern California, Germany and New York City. True to her artistic spirit, Miranda frequently changes her hair color, so she may look different every time you see her!

Miranda loves New York City and is considering going to art school there. She is looking to get a degree in Art Education and plans to teach art.

Miranda has a brother — Miles — who currently attends the Kansas City Art Institute and is studying print making. He is a SAY Sí alumni.

Her father — Armand — purchased a house in Lavaca last year. After renovations, they settled in their new home in January of this year. Miranda loves living in Southtown. You’ll often see her cycling around or out walking with her father and their beloved dog, Bella.

Miranda, you and your dad are a great addition to the neighborhood and we are thrilled to have such a talented rising star in our midst!

Originally published June 13, 2012, in the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour update.

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