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Washington State High School Artists to be Honored

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal will announce annual Art Show winners this Friday at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

OLYMPIA — MAY 14, 2018 — A necklace. A teapot. A painting of Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

Those and other works of student art have been featured at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The agency will host the 45th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show on May 18 from 1-3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

The show brings together high school artists from around the state who were regional winners in their Educational Service District (ESD) shows this past spring.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will host the event. “Every spring we feature incredible student artwork,” he said. “It’s a great reminder that creativity and imagination must be harvested. That is why arts education is so important. Art gives students a way to explore and express their ideas and emotions, which is crucial in a well-rounded education.”

Eight individuals and organizations will choose state winners and honorable mention recipients:

  • Superintendent Chris Reykdal,
  • Governor Jay Inslee,
  • OSPI staff,
  • Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) (co-sponsor of the Art Show),
  • State Board of Education (SBE),
  • Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB),
  • Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA),
  • Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), and
  • Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).

The groups above will pay artists $200 each to purchase their award-winning artwork for the organizations’ permanent collections. A panel of 16 judges selected another set of awards, six Judges’ Choice Awards. The artists who win those awards will also receive $200 each, and their artwork will be kept in OSPI’s permanent collection.

State grant awarded

On May 9, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) awarded $35,000 to OSPI to support the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. The Lab is a seven-month professional development program that explores how teaching artists can bring their artistry to classrooms, and how they can create a learning environment that allows students to experience that art form firsthand.

The 2018-2019 Lab will be the eighth year of the statewide project, and the sixth year with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) at the helm, working in close partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission. As many as 32 teaching artists will be able to participate.

Art Show State Winners

  • Elizabeth Gushtyuk, “Sleep” | Superintendent’s Award
    Prairie High School (Teacher: Kristopher Chrisopulos), ESD 112
  • Lauren Rasmussen, “Blueberries” | Governor’s Choice Award
    Anacortes High School (Teacher: Carl Dellutri), ESD 189
  • Lucia Beck, “Brother” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Ellensburg High School (Teacher: Darrin Walter), ESD 105
  • Kaitlyn Williams, “Free Falling” | WASA Award
    Richland High School (Teacher: Shawn Murphy), ESD 123
  • Valentina Guerra, “By the Ocean” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Pasco High School (Teacher: Randi Cruzen), ESD 123
  • Johnathen Jacobsen, “Sun” | WSSDA Award
    Cheney High School (Teacher: Rebecca Dempsey, ESD 101
  • Jared Van Hoof, “Black Figured Maple” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Toledo High School (Teacher: Ronnie Gaul), ESD 113
  • Tara McBride, “Anti Worri” | PESB Award
    Wenatchee High School (Teacher: Steve Priest), ESD 171
  • Jessie Woldstad, “Grounded” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Liberty High School (Teacher: Anne Cooper), ESD 121
  • Marcia Kim, “Pike Place in a Flash” | AWSP Award
    Richland High School (Teacher: Connie Murphy), ESD 123
  • Keenan Avery-Carpenter, “Had to do it to Them” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Mt. Spokane High School (Teacher: Angelika Wilson-Wipp), ESD 101
  • Maisie Bowles, “Bowl of Life” | OSPI Staff Award
    Richland High School (Teacher: Robert McMinn), ESD 123
  • Meghan Obernberger, “First Tide” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Issaquah High School (Teacher: Mark Moody), ESD 121
  • Kaitlyn Williams, “A Light from Within” | SBE Award
    Richland High School (Teacher: Shawn Murphy), ESD 123
  • Victoria Sepulveda, “Girl on Violin” | WAEA Tribute Award*
    Shorecrest High School (Teacher: Laura King), ESD 121

Art Show Honorable Mention Award recipients

  • Emily Ellwein, “Pooh Bear” | Honorable Mention Award
    Hanford High School (Teacher: Kelley Muntean), ESD 123
  • Gianni Nguyen “Alluring Depths” | Honorable Mention Award
    Kingston High School (Teacher: James Andrews), ESD 114
  • Atilegna Perez, “Bam Bye” | Honorable Mention Award
    Wenatchee High School (Teacher: Russ Rummler), ESD 171
  • Seth Fish, “Panning” | Honorable Mention Award
    Rogers High School (Teacher: Pamela Sarell), ESD 121
  • Mary Donaldson, “Ocean” | Honorable Mention Award
    Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson), ESD 113
  • Giselle Garcia, “A Lonely Egg” | Honorable Mention Award
    Bridgeport High School (Teacher: Brad Skiff), ESD 171
  • Angelica Grebyonkin, “Mercy” | Honorable Mention Award
    Evergreen High School (Teacher: Justin Donahue), ESD 112
  • Kennith Arnold, “History Brush” | Honorable Mention Award
    White Pass High School (Teacher: Laurie Judd), ESD 113

* Every year, the WAEA chooses their winning piece to honor their “Tribute Award” winner. This award is given to outstanding arts educators, arts advocates, and businesses nominated by the WAEA membership. This year’s Tribute Award winner is Cathy Tanasse, art teacher from the Snohomish School District.

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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 Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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