West Texas Scholastic winners win at national competition

March 25, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Students from the West Texas Regional 2011 Scholastic Art Competition and Exhibition hosted by Wayland Baptist University have received prestigious national awards for their outstanding artwork through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the 88-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.

Honorees advanced to the national level after earning a Gold Key at the regional exhibit in early 2011. Many are included in the national exhibit at the Corcorran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

National Gold Medal honors go to Hailee Gonzales of Sudan High School for her sculpture titled “Snow Queen.” Shallowater Middle School student Maegan Lambright received a Gold Medal for her photograph titled “In the Shadows.” And Paola Loya of Denver City, who earned an American Vision nomination for her work at the regional level, earned a Gold Medal for her photograph titled “No Smile, No Tear.”

National Silver Medal honors were given to Makenzie Keneda of Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock for a mixed media piece titled “Viewfinder.” Jesse Reyna of Monterey High School in Lubbock received a Silver Medal for his jewelry piece titled “The Great Bonzo.” Jordan Watts of Frenship High School earned a Silver Medal for his mixed media piece titled “Extra!” after earning an American Vision nomination at the regional level. 

 “We are very proud of these students for doing so well at the national competition. The Scholastic show is always excellent, and I am so pleased that we have this many of our area students selected for the National exhibition in Washington, which is a great honor,” said Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art and curator of the Abraham Gallery at Wayland. “They will be able to travel to the opening and receive their awards in Carnegie Hall this year, and we congratulate these artists and their teachers as well.”

The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers will honor national winners at a special ceremony in the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31. Select award-winning art will be exhibited at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in Lower Manhattan from June 1-19.

According to Keller, the regional competition hosted at Wayland produces national winners each year, but this year was particularly fruitful for the region with more winners than in previous years. The annual West Texas Regional exhibition is displayed at Wayland’s Abraham Family Art Gallery.