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April 3, 2014

Swope to present work by young artists in spring exhibit

TERRE HAUTE — Spring brings one of the most popular yearly exhibitions at the Swope Art Museum, its annual showcase of work by student artists.

Made possible by Old National Bank, the “47th Annual Student Art Exhibition” presents work by hundreds of area elementary, middle school and high school students, offering them the unusual opportunity to have their artwork exhibited alongside the great American artists represented in the museum’s collection.

The Swope will host a public reception and awards ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The awards presentation is set for 2:15.

Since 1967, when Swope director Howard E. Wooden first conceived of the show in collaboration with Vigo County School system, the exhibition has grown to include schools in surrounding counties at the high school level. Elementary and middle school teachers select their students’ work for the exhibition, while a juror from outside the region selects the work by high school students. The 2014 juror is Morgan Ford Willingham, assistant professor of art and director of the Shircliff Gallery of Art, Vincennes University. Impressed by the high quality of submissions, Willingham said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see firsthand the incredible level of talent and artistic vision that is being demonstrated in schools today. It was refreshing to see such energetic, unhindered, creative expression. When selecting works for this show, several things caught my eye: first, technical ability and use of medium; and second, what the individuals expressed through their art. So much of art is about both the objective and subjective. When proficient technical ability and unique individual expression collided, this resulted in a work that, I felt, warranted an award. Each of the works I selected for an award moved me in some way, whether it was to contemplate cultural and social influences, imagine a narrative or just left me smiling to myself.”

Willingham chose 60 works of art from 199 high school submissions and 25 works for awards. While the exhibition is on view, all fifth graders in the Vigo County School Corp. will visit the Swope for tours led by a corps of dedicated volunteer docents. Tours for the fifth grade are made possible by Terre Haute Savings Bank.

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The “47th Annual Student Art Exhibition” High School award winners:

• Best in Show (2D Mixed Media): Kristina Hiatt, grade 12, “Born Again (A Tree’s Cycle),” Terre Haute South Vigo High School; Mindy Lewellyn, teacher

Ceramics:

• 1st place, Robbie Davis, grade 12, “Black Iron Ash Glaze Bowl,” North Vermillion High School; Charles Wagoner, teacher

• 2nd place, Ethan Lee, grade 10, “Blue on Brown,” North Vermillion High School; Charles Wagoner, teacher

• 3rd place, Arianne Denton, grade 9, “Ariel,” Terre Haute South Vigo High School; Cheryl Maners, teacher

Drawing:

• 1st place, Raven Renn, grade 12, “The Art of Perception,” McLean High School; Christi Pence-Ellis, teacher

• 2nd place, Max Pompey, grade 12, “Self-Portrait,” Terre Haute South Vigo High School; Mindy Lewellyn, teacher

• 3rd place, Micah Breitweiser, grade 12, “Parallel Dimensions,” Terre Haute North Vigo High School; Addie Simpson, teacher

• Honorable Mention, Kristina Hiatt, grade 12, “Say What?,” Terre Haute South Vigo High School; Mindy Lewellyn, teacher

Graphic Design/Digital:

• 1st place, Hailey Johnson, grade 12, “Surroundings,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

• 2nd place, Matt Schawitsch, grade 12, “Royal Castle,” South Vermillion High School; Beth Hoke, teacher

• 3rd place, Megan Moore, grade 12, “Complicated Version,” South Vermillion High School; Beth Hoke, teacher

2D Mixed Media:

• 1st place, Kristina Hiatt, grade 12, “The Hunt,” Terre Haute South Vigo High School; Mindy Lewellyn, teacher

• 2nd place, Elise Merrell, grade 12, “Homeless #2,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

• 3rd place, Ethan Corenflos, grade 9, “Blow Me Away,” West Vigo High School; Sara Laughlin, teacher

• Honorable Mention, Emily Dickey, grade 12, “Inner Beauty,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

Painting:

• 1st place, Karina Serapio, grade 12, “Descomposicion,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

• 2nd place, Justin Painter, grade 12, “Face #2,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

• 3rd place, Juan Jose Franco, grade 12, “Luz de Ocaso,” Marshall (IL) High School; Beth Meeker, teacher

• Honorable Mention, Karina Serapio, grade 12, “Humanity,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

Photography:

• 1st place, Hailey Johnson, grade 12, “Glass Stare,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

• 2nd place, Sydney Cassida, grade 12, “Muladhara,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

• 3rd place, Alyssa Hess, grade 11, “Untitled,” Terre Haute South Vigo High School; Cheryl Maners, teacher

3D/Sculpture:

• 1st place, Rosio Gomez, grade 12, “Book,” Greencastle High School; Robin Johnson, teacher

• 2nd place, Micah Breitweiser, grade 12, “Nature and Eye,” Terre Haute North Vigo High School; Addie Simpson, teacher

• 3rd place, Raven Renn, grade 12, “The Prairie,” McLean High School; Christi Pence-Ellis, teacher

Open and free to the public since 1942, the Swope Art Museum houses one of the Midwest’s premier collections of American painting, sculpture and works on paper. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday, Monday and national holidays Admission is free.

The Swope is at 25 S. Seventh St. For more information call 812-238-1676 or visit www.swope.org.

 

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