Eight WHS students walk away with art awardsFor many of Karen Seashore’s students, art has been a part of their life for a long time.
By: Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin
For many of Karen Seashore’s students, art has been a part of their life for a long time.
“I’ve been doing art since I was scribbling with crayons when I was little,” WHS student Chloe Philion said.
The hard work and dedication of Seashore’s art students has been recognized by the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards.
A total of eight art students have received awards for their artistic talents.
The Scholastic Art Awards is Minnesota’s largest statewide opportunity to recognize creative and artistic teenagers. This year 1,279 individual entries and 168 portfolios of artwork were submitted to the contest. A jury of 13 art instructors from around the country selected the award winners.
“These students are certainly talented,” Seashore said. “They took a lot of risks.”
The Gold Key Award winners are Megan Bartylla for drawing, Yayao Xiong for photography and Breana Voss for her photography portfolio.
The Silver Key Award winners are Philion for photography, Ashley Cahall for her ceramics portfolio and Abby Kapler for her painting portfolio.
Merit Awards were awarded to Crystal Drake for painting, Kapler for painting, Cahall for ceramics and Suyun Chng for painting.
The students who received Gold and Silver Key Awards will have their work on display at the MSAA Exhibition at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The exhibition runs Jan. 21 to Feb. 13.
“It’s exciting to have people look at your work,” Voss said. “You want everyone to appreciate your work.”
Expression through art
Several of the art students who received Scholastic Art Awards said their favorite thing about art is the ability to express themselves.
“I like being creative,” Bartylla said. “I love the ability to express what you actually are thinking — I like to express myself fully through other things.”
The art students said they look to everything in their lives for inspiration.
“You look to anywhere you can find inspiration,” Kapler said.
All but one of the students to receive awards are in WHS’s AP art course.
Seashore said this may be a contributing factor to why so many students were recognized with Silver and Gold Key Awards.
Bartylla said taking AP art has inspired her to go as far as she can as an artist.
“It pushes you to go further as an artist,” she said. “It makes you look into what you can do.”
Kapler said taking AP art has helped her gain more confidence in herself as an artist.
For Philion, AP art has allowed her to gain inspiration from her fellow classmates.
“I’m surrounded by everyone else’s artwork so they inspire me to push myself,” she said.
All of the art students said they are planning on pursuing art in college and possibly as a career.
“I think it would be so fun to be an illustrator and a stay at home mom,” Kapler said. “You get to sit around and make books for your kids.”
The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be Jan. 21 to Feb. 13 at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the Concourse Gallery.