North Clackamas student artists win $20,000 scholarships
This Thursday's third-annual Clackamas Education Service District (ESD) Art Show is celebrating artistic talent of more than 150 middle and high school students from 29 schools across Clackamas County.
• Clackamas High School seniors Elise Mitchell and Venessa Theonia were selected for $20,000 scholarships to the Pacific Northwest College of Art for their pieces "Body Language" and "Smile."
• Elise Nuissl from Milwaukie Academy of the Arts won the Jurors Choice award for her piece titled "Fever Dream" to win $100 and tuition for four credits at Clackamas Community College.
• Evie Murphy from Clackamas High school won an honorable mention and a free class at One River Art School for a photo titled "If Looks Could Kill."
• Arina Medvedeva from Milwaukie High School won an honorable mention for a self-portrait drawing, winning a free class at One River School and a Blick Watercolor pad and paint.
At the May 2 reception, local creatives Sandy Perazza, Mauricio Valadrian and Christine Toth will hand-deliver awards to students, and answered questions about careers and hobbies in art.
"This event connects the art community in such exciting ways," said Jada Rupley, superintendent to Clackamas ESD. "We're thankful for the art instructors and artists that judge and sponsor the show. We're also grateful for the many dedicated art teachers in our county who pass their passion on to our students – or in some cases, come in over their spring break to help us hang the art! This is genuinely our favorite time of year."
Administrators, superintendents, state officials and elected officials frequent the ESD building where student artwork is displayed during the show. Clackamas ESD officials say these same individuals make crucial decisions about funding and other support for arts curriculum and programs. Unlike athletic and performance-based arts disciplines, the visual arts have relatively few opportunities to receive this kind of exposure. This art show serves as a reminder of the importance of visual arts in schools.