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High School Artists to be Honored
Superintendent Dorn announces annual state art show winners

OLYMPIA — May 19, 2010 — A total of 106 high school artists are being celebrated for their individual creativity and vision.

The 37th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show will be held Friday, May 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction building in Olympia. This year’s theme is “Artworks Extraordinary.”

Of the 106 regional winners, 11 were selected as state winners.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn is co-hosting the formal reception, which will include the regional winners, their families and teachers. Dorn, in his second year of involvement in the Art Show, selected “Divine Adolescence” by Yoni Rodriguez of Toppenish High School for the Superintendent’s Award.

“When I was a high school principal, I had many kids coming up to me saying, ‘Why me?’” Dorn said. “The image of the boy looking up to the sky reminds me of those kids, and reminds me that the answer is education. Education can give them a way out and a way up.”

Guest speakers and award presenters will include state education leaders and arts education association leaders from across the state, such as:

  • Edie Harding, Executive Director of the State Board of Education
  • Jennifer Wallace, Executive Director of the Professional Educator Standards Board
  • Dr. Mack Armstrong, Assistant Executive Director, Washington Association of School Administrators
  • Lisa Crubaugh and Carl Clausen, Co-Presidents, Washington Art Education Association
  • Veronica Marohn, Representative of Governor Gregoire's Outreach Team presenting the 4th Annual Governor’s Choice Award selected by First Gentleman Mike Gregoire
  • Dr. Alan Burke, OSPI Deputy Superintendent of K-12 Education

The 106 artists were chosen for statewide competition from about 4,000 pieces through regional art shows at each of the state’s nine Educational Service Districts. OSPI will purchase the 11 state winners, and they will be displayed in the foyer of the OSPI building for a year. The pieces will be added to OSPI’s permanent collection, which will total 306 pieces.

Judges representing public and private arts and arts education organizations selected five of the state award winners. OSPI selected the Superintendent’s Award and a Staff Choice. The other four awards were selected by the Professional Educator Standards Board, State Board of Education, the Washington Association for School Administrators and the Washington Art Education Association.

The WAEA is co-hosting the reception. The program will feature pre-reception music from members of the Graham-Kapowsin High School Concert Chorale. Post-program music will be provided by the Olympia High School String Quartet

During the reception the WAEA will present its 14th Annual Art Education Tribute Award to Paul L. Berg, art teacher at Bellingham High School. Berg being honored for more than 40 years of dedicated years of service to thousands of students, teaching them to love learning through arts learning, in addition to his state leadership in countless arts education events.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared May 2010 as the second annual Arts Education Month in Washington state. The 4th Annual Governor’s Choice Award, selected by First Gentleman Mike Gregoire, was awarded to Uriel Osorio of Pateros High School for his piece titled “Deer.”

OSPI has created an online gallery featuring digital photos of each entry at: The news media have permission to use these photos. Click on Art Show Gallery and 2010 Winners Gallery and Art Show Invitation (PDF). Links and art show winners from 2002 – 2010 also are available.

For more information, please contact AnnRené Joseph, OSPI arts program supervisor, at (360) 725-6365 or


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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