Tidal Shift Award

NYA Freshman Artist Wins First Tidal Shift Award

Yarmouth, Maine, April 27, 2022: North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) freshman Ellie Bouman (Freeport) was one of six recipients of the inaugural Tidal Shift Award presented by the Portland Museum of Art (PMI) and The Climate Initiative (TCI). Bouman’s pencil and watercolor painting, “The Colorless Sea,” depicts a scene of a dying coral reef embracing a book surrounded by sea life swimming to an open page of vibrant corals. The contest was open to all New England residents, ages 14 – 22. Ellie was one of three winners in Division 1, ages 14-18. PMI and TCI partnered to create the Tidal Shift Award, “to showcase, amplify, and platform youth perspectives and art to highlight climate change solutions.”

“The most important message I hope to convey with my piece is the massive effect climate change will have, and has already had, on marine ecosystems and marine life,” expressed Bouman. “If drastic action is not taken quickly, most coral reefs will die off and healthy, colorful corals will only be found in books and photographs. The book also represents education, because people are most likely to take action against climate change if they are educated on the subject.” She found her inspiration for the art recalling her shock on a trip to the Caribbean when she saw the damaging effects of climate change for the first time on a lifeless coral ecosystem. “Winning for me was very surprising and unexpected, but it means a lot that my art was recognized, especially since it’s on a topic I’m passionate about.”

Tidal Shift Award Winner: Ellie Bouman from Portland Museum of Art on Vimeo.

Bouman decided to enter the competition after hearing about it from NYA Upper School Art Teacher, Colby Myer, who says of Bouman, “Ellie is a passionate young artist whose artwork reflects a fascination of the world around her.”

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to post graduate students with an enrollment of 375 students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or information@nya.org.