News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 29, 2012

Swope celebrates student art April 7 to May 12

Exhibit showcases work of students grades K-12


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Swope Art Museum’s “45th Annual Student Art Exhibition,” made possible by Old National Bank, runs from April 7 to May 12. The public reception will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 14 with the high school award presentation at 2 p.m.

The student exhibition is a favorite tradition, showcasing the work of students from kindergarten through high school. Begun in 1967, under the leadership of Swope director Howard E. Wooden in cooperation with the Vigo County School system, the exhibition has since grown to include surrounding counties at the high school level.

As the Swope celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2012, it emphasizes that this exhibition is a rare opportunity for students to see their work alongside the great American artists represented in the Museum’s collection.

Hundreds of students from 33 elementary, middle and high schools are represented in the exhibition. Elementary and middle school teachers select what will be shown, while the high school section was judged by Lance Crow, education director at the Richmond Art Museum. The Richmond Art Museum has a unique distinction of being the only independent art museum housed within a public school.

“Judging artwork can be a difficult assignment. Any forum in which artists put work forward for evaluation offers opportunities for valuable returns. … Juxtaposing the creative ideas of different minds in one place is a powerful gesture speaking to what humans can accomplish, what beauty and expression we can create, when we come together,” Crow said.

Crow selected 61 works of art from 177 high school submissions. Of those, he chose 17 to receive awards (listed below and on the Swope website.)

While the exhibition is on view, all of the fifth graders in Vigo County will participated in tours led by a corps of volunteer docents.

The 45th Annual Student Art Exhibition high school award winners:

• Best in Show, Parita Naik, grade 11, “Papa,” oil painting, South Vermillion High School, Beth Hoke, teacher   

• 1st Place 2-D Mixed Media, Karina Serapio, grade 10, “Oaxacan Child,” ink and watercolor, Greencastle High School, Robin Johnson, teacher           

• 2nd Place 2-D Mixed Media, Calen McDonald, grade 11 “Peacock,” paper, colored pencil, marker, Terre Haute South Vigo, Mindy Lewellyn, teacher   

• 1st Place Sculpture, Courtney Rice, grade 10, “Birdhous in Waiting,” mosaic tile, McLean High School, Christy Ellis, teacher

• 2nd Place Sculpture, Abi Snyder, grade 10, “Dino-Chicken,” metal, Marshall High School (Illinois), Beth Meeker, teacher

• 3rd Place Sculpture, Alexis Bailey, grade 11, “Shoe-Tastic,” wire, Terre Haute North Vigo, Addie Simpson, teacher

• 1st Place Ceramics, Melanie Johnson, grade 12, “Armadillo,” clay, acrylic paint, Terre Haute North Vigo, Addie Simpson, teacher

• 2nd Place Ceramics, Alexis Bailey, grade 11, “Seeing Spots,” clay, glaze, Terre Haute North Vigo, Addie Simpson, teacher           

• 3rd Place Ceramics, Gretchen Riggen, grade 12, “Blue Danube,” clay, South Vermillion High School, Beth Hoke, teacher

• 1st Place, Drawing, Stormi Baker, grade 12, “Leap of Faith,” pastel, South Vermillion High School, Beth Hoke, teacher

• 2nd Place Drawing, Erin Keilly, grade 12, “Still Life with Water Can,” graphite, Terre Haute North Vigo, Diane Songer, teacher

• 1st Place Painting, Rose Landaverde, grade 12, “Girl with Dreadlocks,” water paints, Terre Haute North Vigo, Diane Songer, teacher

• 2nd Place Painting, Garrett Archambeault, grade 12, “Prospettiva della Croce,” acrylic, Terre Haute South Vigo, Mindy Lewellyn, teacher       

• 3rd Place Painting, Stephanie Stone, grade 11, “Hip Hop Rabbit,” acrylic and tempera paint, Terre Haute North Vigo, Diane Songer, teacher

• 1st Place Photography, Bethany Wathen, grade 12, “Pollock’s Skin,” photograph, Greencastle High School, Robin Johnson, teacher

• 2nd Place Photography, Emma Swagerle, grade 13 “My Best Shots,” photography, Terre Haute North Vigo, Diane Songer, teacher

• 3rd Place Photography, Danika Miller, grade 12, “untitled,” photography, Terre Haute South Vigo, Cheryl Maners, teacher       

The Swope is at 25 S. Seventh St.