Clackamas ESD art show winners announced
The Clackamas Educational Service District awarded more than $175,000 in potential scholarships and other prizes to middle and high school student artists at the awards ceremony for its sixth annual Regional Art Show.
The awards ceremony, held at Clackamas ESD headquarters on April 28 and livestreamed on Facebook, honored all 154 students representing eight school districts in Clackamas County who submitted artwork to this year's show. The artworks were displayed throughout the building and in a virtual gallery last month.
More than 30 juried awards were presented during the ceremony. Prizes offered to students were made possible by the sponsorship of Pacific Northwest College of Art, One River School of Art + Design and Clackamas Community College, with additional support provided by Venvino Art Studios.
Among the artists were six students representing Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby. Leonardo Navarro Gonzales, an eighth grader at BPMS, took home a first-place award for his black-and-white ink drawing titled "Brave Samurai Avenges Their Fallen Master."
From Molalla High School, art teacher Alissa Tran offered some remarks before presenting awards to ninth grade artists.
"It's wonderful to have an opportunity to celebrate the work of our students and all of the art educators in the region," Tran said. "The arts are essential. The arts build empathy, compassion, growth mindsets, self-confidence and provide cathartic outlets."
Eight students represented Molalla High School. Kyros Mauer, a freshman at MHS, was awarded second-place honors for his piece titled "Zulaiha," a colored-pencil portrait of a young girl.
Tran noted that the original piece had been sent to Nigeria as part of the Memory Project, a nonprofit that seeks to make cross-cultural connections through art.
The pieces by Mauer and Navarro Gonzales will continue to be displayed at the Clackamas County Public Services Building as part of a special extended exhibition.
Molalla High junior Morgan Bem received a third-place award for another Memory Project piece, titled "Abdulah," a colored-pencil portrait of a young boy.
All high school winners received varying levels of PNCA scholarships, gift cards for classes at One River School and gift cards from Venvino Art Studios.
Clackamas ESD unveiled a new award this year, the Jada Rupley Superintendent's Choice Award, named in honor of the retired CESD superintendent who founded the regional art show in 2017. Winner of this award, selected by CESD Superintendent Larry Didway, was Adina Lozovan, a sixth grade student at Inza R. Wood Middle School in Wilsonville. Lozovan's striking color drawing, "The Emerald Eye," captured Didway's interest.
"As I looked through the show, Adina's beautiful, detailed drawing of a vibrant green eye caught my attention," Didway said. "And when I saw this amazing portrait was created by a sixth grade student, that made it all the more impressive to me."
CESD will purchase Lozovan's artwork and keep it on permanent display.
"This annual art show is a joy to share with our community, and this year's event was even more special because of our ability to once again display the art and honor students in person," said Didway. He thanked all of the sponsors and teachers that made the art show possible.
"And, most important, 154 student artists were the stars of the show. There aren't enough venues to appropriately celebrate all the creativity and talent that is on display daily in our public schools," he added. "I'm proud we can offer this yearly opportunity to shine a light on so many promising young artists."
The 2022 Clackamas ESD Regional Art Show virtual gallery will remain online. A complete list of winning students and their artwork also is available online.
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