St. Patrick youth earns national recognition in visual arts

CHARLESTON—John Christopher Wright II, a member of St. Patrick Church and a senior at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, was named a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Visual Arts, the organization’s highest honor. He was recognized for artistic achievement and joins 686 of the nation’s most accomplished artists in visual, literary, and performing arts.  

John will receive a cash prize of up to $10,000 and was given the opportunity to participate in National YoungArts Week held in Miami Jan. 5-12. YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most prestigious programs for emerging artists in the U.S. with opportunities for creative and professional development throughout their career. As a finalist, he is also eligible to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts, one of the highest honors given to high school seniors.  

Before leaving Charleston to attend Governor’s School, John was active at St. Patrick as an altar server and a junior Knight with the Knights of Peter Claver Council 110. He is the son of John and Leonis Wright of North Charleston. 

John Christopher Wright with samples of his work. (Provided)