Ian Williams spends a lot of time in the art studio at Allendale-Columbia school. This is where some of his most compelling pieces come to life.
He's composed charcoal drawings, paintings, photography, and film and video.
"My parents are both art teachers. We went to a lot of galleries and openings around here and some national galleries," said Ian.
His parents may be artists, but Ian's vision is all his own.
"A trip to Italy we took when I was 9. We went to see Michaelangelo's David," said Ian. "Even at 9 years old, I remember looking up, 17 feet high and thinking, 'wow - that's pretty crazy, I wonder if I could ever do something like that.'"
Lori Kimbrough Wun said Ian is one of the most gifted students she's ever had the pleasure of teaching. Ian loves to know how things work.
"I think Ian has an amazing future ahead of him, a really bright one," said Kimbrough Wun. "The really cool thing is he's a reallly bright young man, balanced, and a lot of fun to be around."
This is the kind of artwork that wins awards, and already Ian has earned many - including two Scholastic American Vision awards for drawing, and a National Gold Key award as well. He has volunteered at the Memorial Art Gallery, and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He plans on studying art in college.
"I hope to be happy about what I'm doing," said Ian. "I think art's really a pretty big part of my life and I'd be really surprised if it wouldn't be a part of it."