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Winners named in Young Artist Show: High School Division

March 9, 2011

From press release

Awards for the 70th Young Artist Show: High School Division were announced Sunday, March 6, during the public opening at Rockford Art Museum (RAM).
Nearly 850 pieces were submitted from 18 area high schools for the annual competition; 186 pieces by 147 students were selected for display in the show by juror Betsy Youngquist, who also chose award-winners.

Every school that submitted artwork is represented in this year’s High School Division—a feat that hasn’t happened in recent memory, if ever, in the history of the juried competition.

Youngquist, a Rockford native and nationally-recognized artist, did not know the student’s name, grade or school affiliation when she made the selections. She previously served as juror for the 60th Young Artist Show in 2001.

Following are the award recipients by award category:

Portfolio Scholarship Award—Leah Budde, senior at Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford. Portfolio includes: “Evading Perfection,” “Ode to Cindy Sherman: Untitled #86,” “Antisocial Puppets,” “Cinderella Pseudo-Contemplation” and “Windows.”

Women’s Art Board Scholarship Award—“Show, Hint, Keep” by Jenna Scheidt, senior at Jefferson High School, Rockford

Best of Show—“Faultless Vision” by Winston Cuevas, senior at Guilford High School, Rockford

Best 2-D—“The Letter ‘D’” by Kelsey Gugliuzza, sophomore at Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford

Best 3-D—“Gaga Style” by Gavin Barlow, sophomore at East High School, Rockford

Juror’s Choice—“Jenny” by Jennifer Beruscha, senior at Huntley High School, Huntley, Ill.; and “Tom’s Diner” by Justin Demus, senior at Guilford High School, Rockford

RAM Staff Choice—“ACT Fearless” by Aiesha Thompson, senior at Roosevelt Alternative High School, Rockford; “Fishing for Emotions” by Ryan Woods, senior at Huntley High School, Huntley, Ill.

Honorable Mention—“Wegón” by Brianna Alexander, junior at East High School, Rockford; “Patter of Little Feet” by Taylor Carlson, senior at Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford; “Contemplation” by Alec Filak, senior at Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford; “Chick Beginnings” by Angelica Gonzalez, junior at Jefferson High School, Rockford; “Sheets” by Tierney Johnson, senior at Jefferson High School, Rockford; “I’m Different” by Cassie Loos, senior at Harlem High School, Machesney Park; “Camanche” by Natalie Mork, senior at Jefferson High School, Rockford; “Scent of Summer ’10” by Seonghui Park, senior at Christian Life High School, Rockford; “Make-A-Jezxa” by Jessica Peterson, senior at East High School, Rockford; and “The Cigarette (Rolla)” by Madeleine Witt, senior at Auburn High School, Rockford.

The 70th Young Artist Show: High School Division remains on view through April 3 at Rockford Art Museum; the Youth Division (grades kindergarten through eighth at schools in Winnebago County) will be on display April 10-May 8.

For more information, contact RAM at (815) 968-2787 or visit staff@rockfordartmuseum.org.

From the March 9-15, 2011, issue

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