Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. In celebration of their efforts, we share these accomplishments through a recurring column, Applause! Applause! Below are some of the endeavors undertaken by members of the Ross School community. Congratulations to everyone! Visual Arts teacher Jennifer Cross was a featured speaker at Parrish Art Museum’s PechaKucha Night at the Parrish Museum on March 17, and her work is currently featured in the exhibit “East End Collected 3,” at Southampton Arts Center. The exhibit will be open until May 29. Artwork by Director of Community Programs Chris Engel is also featured in the exhibit.

An exhibit of associate Charles Hollinger’s plein air paintings will be on display June 10 at his alma mater, The Gunnery, for the school’s Alumni Weekend.

Visual Arts teacher Jon Mulhern will be a featured PechaKucha speaker at Parrish Art Musem on June 2, at 6:00pm.

Cultural History teacher Christina Schlesinger has two shows opening soon: “Peace Press Cooks” at Santa Monica, California’s Arena One Gallery, which opens on June 3, and “Tomboys,” which opens at Los Angeles’s Social and Public Art Resource Center on July 29. Her work will also be in the spring invitational exhibit at East Hampton’s Ashawaugh Hall in August.


Visual Arts teacher Ned Smyth has a sculpture on display on the front lawn of Guild Hall in East Hampton, where it will remain until October. His work was recently featured in an exhibition titled “Black & White” at the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton, and there was a one-man show of his artwork, titled, "Moments of Matter," at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.

Experiments in Non-Cinema, a series of three films by Ross Media’s Spencer Holden and Noah Engel ’13, was screened as part of the Experimental Shorts block at the Slamdance Film Festival in January.


India Galesi-Grant ’20 won first place in the Teen Division of the Spirit of Dance competition, earning one of six available scholarships and an invitation to join their All-Star Team. Earlier this year, India competed in Long Island’s Kids Artistic Revue Dance Competition and won first place in her category: top secondary solo, ages 15–19.

Owen LaPierre ’23 and Paolo Christie-Schrank ’23 performed with the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) East Division One Band at Longwood High School in Yaphank on Sunday, March 12.

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Yi Lan ’18, Seamus McCarthy ’17, and Zewei Xu ’17 received awards of excellence for their contributions to the 2017 Parrish Art Museum Student Exhibition.


Maya Teixeira ’22 won the People’s Choice Award and took second place in the Hamptons Got Talent 2017 competition on March 17. She sang Alicia Keys’s “If I Ain’t Got You,” and Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman.”

Students from both Ross School campuses displayed art in Guild Hall’s Student Art Festival in East Hampton at the end of winter.

Ronny Nissan ’12 recently attained his master’s degree in law from Stockholm University in Sweden.

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Larissa Gaias ’07 recently returned from a seven-month trip to Cartagena, Colombia, where she collaborated with the University of Cartagena to collect data for a study that will develop recommendations for how schools can better support children who have been affected, directly or indirectly, by the ongoing conflict in Colombia.

Erin Riley Williams ’01, together with Jordan Reid, published The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People last month. To promote the new release, she hosted a release party in at Calypso St. Barth in East Hampton.