Artwork from 107 middle and high school students representing school districts throughout Clackamas County received $50,000 in potential scholarships and other prizes in the fifth annual Clackamas Education Service District Regional Art Show.
Normally held in person and open to the public, the show moved online again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual awards ceremony held Tuesday, April 27, honored students from eight school districts in Clackamas County who submitted artwork to this year's show.
Thirty juried awards were presented during the virtual ceremony, hosted by Clackamas ESD Superintendent Jada Rupley.
The "Best of Show" winner — who also placed first in the 11th grade category — was Reese Stame of Lake Oswego High School for her poignant pencil self-portrait "Lacking." In a written description of the piece, Stame said it describes her "struggle with perfectionism and the stress that comes along with it." Stame's prizes for her double win included a $400 pre-college scholarship from the Pacific Northwest College of Art for summer 2021; a four-credit tuition waiver from Clackamas Community College; and three months of one online class and one summer camp from One River School of Art + Design in Lake Oswego.
Adilee Holmes of the Sabin-Schellenberg Center in Milwaukie took home the top 12th grade award for her stunning digital media self-portrait titled "Reaching Out." Holmes was awarded a $5,000 renewable PNCA Art Excellence Scholarship, and two months of an online class at One River School.
Other top high school honors were presented to Hannah Olson of Clackamas High School, who won first place in the 10th grade category for her moving oil painting "Grief Comes in Waves;" and Carlin Dudevoir of Milwaukie Academy of the Arts, who took first place in the ninth grade category for a pencil and charcoal drawing called "A Woman's Stare."
All high school prize winners were awarded varying levels of PNCA scholarships, and gift cards for online classes at One River School.
Middle school winners, who all received One River School online class gift cards, included Keira Aoyama (eighth grade) of Athey Creek Middle School in Tualatin for her watercolor painting "Everyday;" Emma Daugherty (seventh grade) of Meridian Creek Middle School in Wilsonville for a digital portrait titled "Peace & Harmony;" and Amos Diller (sixth grade) of Meridian Creek Middle School for his digital drawing "Wings."
Clackamas ESD's Staff Choice Award, voted on by ESD employees, was presented to Riley Hirsch of Lake Oswego High School for her oil pastel painting "Pelindaba Lavender." Clackamas ESD will purchase Hirsch's painting for $100 to display in the organization's permanent collection.
"There are so many people to thank for making this year's art show and awards ceremony such a success," Rupley said. "PNCA, One River School and Clackamas Community College provided another year of incredibly generous support so that we could offer meaningful prizes. Six regional art professionals spent hours adjudicating the entries. So many teachers took extra time in a hectic year to gather and submit entries.
"And, of course, our amazing students once again showed us how talented they are, and how art can move and inspire us. We have been honored to present their work to a broader audience in this year's virtual show."
The 2021 Clackamas ESD Regional Art Show virtual gallery will remain online through June 1 at clackesd.org/2021-clackamas-esd-regional-art-show-virtual-gallery.
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