Area students shine in Scholastic Art Competition as American Vision winners

January 19, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Students from around the South Plains brought home top honors at the 2011 West Texas Regional Scholastic Art Competition held recently at Wayland Baptist University.

Of the more than 1,100 entries received for the competition – which is open to schools from a 14-county region extending east to Post, to Muleshoe to the west and north to Dimmitt – five are selected as the overall winners. These pieces receive the American Vision Award and advance to the national competition, where at least one from West Texas is guaranteed to be included in the national exhibit at the Corcorran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

For the region, seniors ruled the roost for the five top awards. Lauren Fritz of Shallowater High School brought home the American Vision for her drawing titled “Statue of Liberty,” which featured a graphite drawing on newspaper pages. Paola Loya, a senior from Denver City High School, earned a top award for a black-and-white photograph titled “No Smile, No Tear.”

Lubbock schools dominated the remaining three awards. Frenship High senior Jordan Watts earned one for a mixed media piece titled “Extra!” Trinity Christian High seniors Max Upp earned an award for his ceramic piece titled “Herb” and classmate Sydney Wilson earned one for a painting titled “Dancing in the Sun.”

All five pieces also earn Gold Key awards, with 125 total honors given for the regional exhibit. Another 150 earned Silver Key awards and 225 received honorable mention. The exhibit will include all 500 of these pieces. According to Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art at Wayland and curator of the gallery, the works submitted show impressive talent by area students, an opinion shared by the judges.

The judging panel for the competition included Brian Bussey, an adjunct instructor in graphic design at WBU and the graphic designer for the Amarillo Globe News; Robin Germany, a photography faculty member at Texas Tech University; and John Hope, an art faculty member at South Plains College in Levelland.

Wayland’s Abraham Art Gallery, located in the Mabee Learning Resources Center, will host the exhibition beginning Jan. 24 and running through Feb. 11. An awards reception is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the gallery atrium.

For more information on the Gallery, call (806) 291-3710.