$500K in scholarships for young Clackamas County artists
Student artists received over $500,000 in potential scholarships by participating in an online gallery featuring the work of 115 middle and high school students throughout Clackamas County.
Two dozen juried awards were presented during the May 7 virtual ceremony on Facebook Live. The top overall winner — who also placed first in the 12th grade category — was Jaiden Armitage of Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center in North Clackamas, for his digital artwork titled "A Place for Them." Armitage's prizes included a $22,000 renewable scholarship to Pacific Northwest College of Art (subject to application and acceptance), a tuition waiver for one class at Clackamas Community College, and three months of classes at One River School of Art + Design in Lake Oswego.
Honorable mention winners at the 12th grade level also received $22,000 renewable PNCA scholarships, as well as a month of one class at One River School. Earning those awards were Andrew Tena of Lake Oswego High School; Eric Luvaas of Canby High School; and Anna Gordon of Clackamas High School.
Nine first-place and honorable mention winners in ninth through 11th grades received gift cards that can be used for PNCA pre-college art courses and One River School virtual art classes. Nine middle school winners also received One River School gift cards.
Kraxberger Middle School sixth-grader Lillyann Paulosky's pastel drawing "Candlelight Dinner" and seventh-grader Jairo Felicianl's drawing "Bermy" each won honorable mentions.
ESD staff voted on their favorite submissions, and selected two art pieces that each will be purchased for $100 for display in the ESD's permanent collection. "Staff Choice" award winners were Dionne King of Oregon City Service Learning Academy, and Emily Joyce of Lake Oswego High School. ESD staffed selected an additional piece of artwork for $100 purchase from among those created by students enrolled in ESD classes. The "One of Our Own" award was earned by Ellie Nagel of the Gladstone School District, who is enrolled in the ESD's Heron Creek Program.
Artwork representing nine school districts across the county is now virtually on display in the fourth annual Clackamas Education Service District (ESD) Regional Art Show, normally held in-person and open to the public. ESD officials said the district hoped to spread a little cheer with beautiful student art in this time of community stress by making sure the exhibition was still available online.
This year's exhibit showcases a range of media including paintings, drawings, photography and three-dimensional creations.
"We are enormously grateful to our event sponsors — Pacific Northwest College of Art, One River School of Art and Design, and Clackamas Community College — for stepping up to make such a generous investment in our promising students," said ESD Superintendent Jada Rupley. "We also appreciate the dedicated art teachers in our region who not only are nurturing their students' talent, but inspiring a lifelong appreciation for the arts."
All 115 pieces are available for viewing through the end of the year at clackesd.org/artshow/gallery.
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