More than $175,000 in potential scholarships and other prizes were awarded to middle and high school student artists at the awards ceremony for the sixth annual Clackamas Education Service District Regional Art Show.
The event, 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.
More than 30 juried awards were presented during the ceremony, which was preceded by a reception for student artists and their teachers and families.
For the second year in a row, Reese Stame of Lake Oswego High School took Best of Show honors, also taking first-place honors for 12th grade entries. Stame earned prizes valued at nearly $21,000, including a $5,000 renewable scholarship from PNCA; gift cards for three months of classes and two summer camps from One River School of Art + Design; a four-credit tuition waiver from Clackamas Community College; and $125 worth of gift cards from Venvino Art Studios.
Lake Oswego High School had another double winner: Jamie Liu earned a 12th grade second-place award as well as the Staff Choice Award, voted on by employees of Clackamas ESD. The ESD paid $100 for Liu's artwork, an acrylic painting entitled "Return Home," and will keep it on permanent display.
Other top high school winners came from Clackamas High School: Hannah Olson, Emily Bisson, and Hope Ceniceros, who respectively took first-place awards in 11th, 10th and ninth grades.
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.
At the middle school level, top honors in eighth grade were awarded to Leonardo Navarro Gonzalez of Baker Prairie Middle School for his ink drawing titled "Brave Samurai Avenges Their Fallen Master." First place in the seventh grade category went to Emily Paul of Inza R. Wood Middle School in Wilsonville for her collage of paintings and drawings titled "Up Strung Blue." The top winner in sixth grade was Marcellino Vu of Meridian Creek Middle School in Wilsonville for his digital art piece "Practice Makes Perfect."
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 purchased Lozovan's artwork for $100 and will 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," Didway said. "And we couldn't make it happen without a great support team. I am so grateful to PNCA, One River School and Clackamas Community College, who continued their incredibly generous sponsorship of our show. Six regional art professionals donated many hours to adjudicating our entries. Nearly 30 teachers from throughout Clackamas County made time in their extremely busy days to select and submit artworks.
"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. 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 at clackesd.org/artshow/2022-gallery.
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