The Music Conservatory of Westchester, supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, is launching the "Colors of Music - Student Mural Contest" for local students in grades 7-12!  Contestants will create an original mural design to display their unique, artistic interpretation of what "Multi-Cultural Music" means to them.

The winning student and runners up will collaborate on the final mural design with acclaimed artist, Jonathan Villoch, whose work has been exhibited at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Frederico Seve Gallery, and Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City, for The Bakehouse in Miami, and at Aisle One Gallery in St. Louis. The mural will be displayed on a large-scale canvas – an exterior wall of the Conservatory building on Central Avenue in White Plains!


Photo: A view of the south side of the Conservatory building where the Mural will be painted.

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In addition to collaborating professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch, the contest adjudication panel includes:

  • Margaret Adasko, Curator of Education, Katonah Museum of Art
  • Samantha De Tillio, Assistant Curator, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Michael Dweck, Treasurer and Board Trustee, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Jimmy Fink, Radio Personality and Producer at 107.1 The Peak
  • Lynn Honeysett, Former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center
  • Janet Langsam, CEO of Arts Westchester
  • Amy R. Paulin, Assemblymember for the 88th District

Mural Contest Guidelines

Who can enter: Open to all eligible residents of Westchester County. Also open to non-Westchester residents who are current Conservatory students. All entrants MUST currently be in grades 7-12. 

Deadlines: Contest entries must be submitted between Tuesday, March 20 and Friday, May 11, 2018.



  • Show your artistic interpretation of “Multi-Cultural Music”. May include musicians, musical notation, etc. No celebrities or copyrighted content. Limit artwork to images of family friendly subject matter only.
  • Medium and Materials: Use a variety of mixed media of your choice.
  • Work must be submitted via email, along with completed Submission Form including a description of the artwork.

How to enter:

  • One entry per person.
  • Artwork limited to landscape orientation, sizes between 11” x 8.5” (smallest) and 24” x 18” (largest).
  • Round 1 entries will be accepted via email. Digital file for Round 1 email entry must be in a high-quality jpeg, pdf or png format and must be labeled “Lastname_Firstname”.
  • Entries will be reviewed by a panel of 4 judges and the mural artist in Round 1 elimination.  Entrants included in Round 2 will be asked to mail in or drop off their original artwork.
  • If chosen for Round 2, the original artwork must be mailed or dropped off at Music Conservatory of Westchester. Student name must be written in pencil on the back of original artwork.


  • One winner and three runners up will be selected by the review panel. Winning student will be Lead Assistant for the “Colors of Music” mural project. Runners up designs will be featured on the exterior wall of the Music Conservatory of Westchester at ground level.
  • Winners will be announced Friday, June 15th. Winners will required to dedicate one to two weeks in July or August to working with the mural artist on the final design and plan for executing the mural.
  • A final unveiling celebration will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2018. All contestants and their families will be invited to attend.

About the Artist

Jonathan Villoch is a Cuban-American mural artist. His earliest influences were the colors, shapes and textures his Cuban grandmother used to create patterns for dresses in Miami. Mr. Villoch earned a B.A. in Studio Art and a M.S. in Education from Lehman College. He has created acclaimed wall murals and art installations around the United States. In addition, his work has been exhibited at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Frederico Seve Gallery, and Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City; with Primary Flight in Miami; as well as Aisle One Gallery in St. Louis. He is an art teacher in New York City public schools, working with low- income youth. He has curated an art exhibition with Variety the Children’s Charity featuring the work of homeless teens; he worked on a large mural with children on the autism spectrum; and recently judged student work in a borough-wide competition organized by the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects.

Photos: (top) Pre-K Painting Demonstration,
(bottom) "Line, Shape, Color, Form" by Jonathan Villoch