The 2008 SLHS Scholastic Art Show was juried and Gold Key Awards were announced at an Awards Ceremony recently at the Witter Gallery. This show is sponsored by Security Trust and Savings Bank of Storm Lake and was juried by Cherie Courter, from Storm Lake. Seven Gold Key Portfolios and 50 individual Gold Key Awards were selected from the 200 art works on exhibit to advance to the At-Large Division in New York City later this month. These will advance in digital form, so the work will remain on display for the entire show, through Jan.30. In the Portfolio Division, each senior produces eight works, takes digital slides, fills out appropriate forms and writes an Artist's Statement. Seven seniors were awarded Gold Key Portfolios - Nick Bydo, Art Portfolio; Daysi Cortes, Art Portfolio; Julio De Lira, Art Portfolio; Ruby Marquez, Art Portfolio; Spencer McClannahan, Photography Portfolio; Robert Rolon, Art Portfolio; and Amber Weaver, Art Portfolio.
Individual Gold Key Awards were given to the top 50 art pieces in the show across categories. These came from 35 students.
A notable recipient was senior Daysi Cortes who received four Gold Key Awards in drawing and painting.
Other Gold Key Award winners: Evelin Aldaba, senior, ceramics and blue glass; Nick Bydo, senior, portfolio - graphic (eight works), design: graphic "American Smog", design: graphic "Soul Eater", Daysi Cortes, senior, portfolio-painting (eight works), painting "Babysteps", painting "Babilonga", painting "A Walk", painting "Horizon"; Julio De Lira, senior, portfolio - graphic (eight works), "How'd You do That?", graphic "I Love Saosin"; Lauren Hall, senior, photography "Wilson"; Anthony Hernandez, senior, ceramics and glass "Raku Creature"; Ian Kolpin, senior, photography "Funeral", photography "A Love of Shadows"; Ruby Marquez, senior, portfolio drawing (eight works), drawing "Trees at the Park", drawing "End of the Road"; Spencer McClannahan, senior, portfolio-photography (eight works); Keaton Murphy, senior, ceramics and glass "Red Combo Form"; Javier Rodriguez, senior, painting "Self Portrait"; Robert Rolon, senior, portfolio- drawing (eight works), drawing "Get Money", drawing "Self Portrait"; Kayla Shadlow, senior, drawing "Iowa", painting "The Path"; Tiffany Sierra, senior, drawing "Secret Garden"; Amber Weaver, senior, portfolio-ceramics and glass (eight works)
Zach Friesen, junior, design: graphic "Fable"; Natasha Sierra, junior, ceramics and glass "Splatter of Jade"; Cassy Snedeker, junior, drawing "Life", drawing "Self Portrait", painting "Still Life"; painting "Standing Fruit", painting "Self Portrait", painting "Country Scenery"
Rylee Harrington, sophomore, ceramics and glass "Pox Zebra"; Jesse Kavan, sophomore, drawing "Me"; Victor Loera, sophomore, ceramics and glass "My Roots", ceramics and glass "In Honor of Nelson Mandela"; Laura McDowell, sophomore, ceramics and glass "Raku Pitcher"; Gina Meungkhoth, sophomore, ceramics and blass "Give Me That"; Alex Phanthavong, painting"100%Azn-Pnk 3mO"; Zach Proczak, sophomore, ceramics and glass "Raku Jar", Elizabeth Quintanilla, sophomore, ceramics and glass "Oil in a Rainy Day"; LindaThammathai, sophomore, drawing "Looking on the Other Side"; Torres, Gabriel, Jr., sophomore, painting "A Portrait in Time", drawing "Dark Bark"; Kayla Vetter, sophomore, painting "The Magical Stream"; Madison Cerizo, freshman, drawing "Expressions", painting "Artist's Autumn", painting "The Decision"; Bryan Chong, freshman, painting "Octoberfest"; Melissa Gonzalez, freshman, painting "Trees"; Ivan Ramirez, freshman, drawing "Me, Myself and I"; Oscar Valle, freshman, drawing "My I"
The Scholastic Art Awards have given millions of students throughout the nation the opportunity to explore their powers of invention, to stretch their imaginations and put their artwork on display. For the past 88 years it has been the largest competition of their kind. The objective: to foster the confidence of young artists and give them the opportunity to win recognition from the world at-large.
SLHS art instructors are Anita Coon and Ron Netten.