The results of three high school art competitions from around the state have been announced this May, and Southwest Washington art teachers and their students have a lot to be proud of.
The Superintendent’s High School Art Show
Now in its 45th year, this annual event is co-hosted by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA). High school students from all nine of the state’s educational service districts (ESDs) participate in this artistic celebration each year. Students will be honored at the award ceremony on May 18 at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.
Elizabeth Gushtyuk of Prairie High School (Battle Ground Public Schools) has received the honor of the Superintendent’s Award for her painting “Sleep” (pictured above). She will receive $200, and her work will become a permanent part of the Superintendent’s collection at OSPI.
Angelica Grebyonkin of Evergreen High School (Evergreen Public Schools) received Honorable Mention for her dimensional piece entitled “Mercy.”
Washington State High School Photography Competition
From a grass-roots competition that began with a handful of schools in the 1980s, the Washington State High School Photography Competition has grown to recognize students across the state. This year, the competition received nearly 4,000 entries, and the top 33 will be professionally framed and become a part of a traveling exhibition.
One of those 33 photos comes from Lauryn Campbell of Skyview High School (Vancouver Public Schools) who received second place in the “Manipulation” category. Campbell’s team from Skyview also did well, tying for 6th place. The team and Campbell will be recognized at an awards ceremony on June 7 in Seattle.
Congressional Arts Competition
Since 1982, the Congressional Institute has sponsored a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The winner of the competition for each district has his or her artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building Corridor and receives airfare to attend the June ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, DC.
For Jaime Herrera Beutler’s 3rd District of Southwest Washington, the winners are:
- 1st: Megan Sheets of Cedar Tree Classical Christian School for “Paia”
- 2nd: Ysabel Morales of Cedar Tree Classical Christian School for “Gentle Giants”
- 3rd: Luis Gurrola Villarreal of Kelso High School for “The Red Portal” (Read an article about Villarreal, who was also a regional finalist in the Superintendent’s High School Art Show here.)
Congratulations to all the student artists!