WBCA’s 2020 High School Visual Arts Contest will be shown virtually. Click this link or scroll down for the gallery of 100 2D & 3D selected works, representing six regional high schools. New this year, WBCA worked with the students to include artist statements alongside professionally edited images.
2020 High School Visual Arts Contest
"Fire and Ice," Isabella Johnson
"Fire and Ice," Isabella Johnson; Opal, Citrine & Silver. This fine sterling silver and fire opal set is named Fire and Ice. The name is supposed to represent how opal is created similar to petrified water and over time it turns into an iridescent shine of colors. All the inspirations for this necklace was through my job and working with customer's requests. This piece was created over months of time of sketching gathering, piecing, winding, and of course a number of mistakes. I began by sketching out drafts that progressed into choosing what type of stone, size, color, and cut. I decided on opal because it is my birthstone and my favorite stone. I've never worked with such fine beads before, therefore it took a while to string all of them up. By far the hardest part about making this necklace was deciding on the perfect pendant. After the piece was all strung up I started connecting the layers of sterling silver chains. I finished the necklace off with many findings such as cramps, wire guards, crimp covers, clasps, and jump rings. Shortly after I made a matching pair of earrings incorporating the same chain and beads. This set of jewelry shows my quickly obtained skills that I have learned throughout my time at my work. I have applied all my abilities to create one of my finest pieces yet.
The High School Visual Arts Contest is an annual juried exhibition hosted by White Bear Center for the Arts. This exhibit features art submitted by students from 6 area high schools and also includes homeschooled students. This is a great opportunity for students to build their portfolio and display their work in a professional setting!
The exhibition accepts a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, fiber, pottery, photography, and sculpture. A panel of judges are selected who are knowledgeable in their mediums.
Congratulations to this year’s award winners!
Jessica Brosvik- Help, Renee Williams
Dan Gray- Glazed Vase, Samuel Nitardy
Scott Hochhalter- In Between Worlds, Trevor Schultz
Gambler’s Luck, Tyler Schwappach
Elegant Pitcher, Isaac Honebrink
Tricycle, Ly Fastner
Awards of Merit:
Headless, Lily Vanderwood
Negative Connection, Owen Nelson
Reclaim, Helen Nelson
Awards of Excellence:
Big Boy, Ella Koltun
Embryonic Development – In the Year 3000, Michael Finch
Gallery Director’s Award:
Ba Ngoai, Heidi Trinh
Best in Show:
One of Many, Madeline Koltun