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Artworks earn student creators trip to State

 

From its first event in 1994 with a little more than 400 entries, the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) in Texas has grown exponentially; in 2014, students entered 26,838 artworks, and more than 1,600 advanced to State.

This year, 19 La Vernia High School students will participate in the State VASE contest in April, after competing in the Regional competition Feb. 18 at East Central High School. Each student entered two artworks at Regional. There were a total of 1,036 entries juried from 28 high schools, according to La Vernia High School art teacher Jenean Mills; 20 of the La Vernia entries succeeded and will be judged at State. Enjoy their work in this issue of the La Vernia News.

What is VASE?

Sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, it is the only art event of its kind in the nation, according to taea.org/VASE.

Its mission is to “recognize exemplary student achievement in the Visual Arts by providing art students and programs a standard of excellence in which to achieve.” Participating students must be academically eligible; each can enter a maximum of two artworks. Their work must be original, and include resources and references.

Criteria used by the jurors to judge the entries include:

•Originality of concept

•Technical expertise

•Understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for visual art

•Interpretation of the student’s stated intent.

Medals are awarded to students who achieve a Superior rating (4) in each division at the Regional event. Medallions are awarded to those earning an Exemplary rating (4) at the State event.

Artworks earning Distinguished (5) status at the State event earn the artists a “Gold Seal” medallion.

For more about VASE, or to view past State-qualifying entries, visit taea.org/VASE.

State entries

La Vernia students advancing to State, and their artworks, are:

•Marc Ashton, “Skittles”

•Grace Batey, “Psychedelic”

•Shianne Bean, “Two Generations”

•Ann Friesenhahn, “Round n round we go”

•Amanda Leija, “Living in Color” and “Sound Asleep”

•Caitlin Linzy, “Not what she seams”

•Bria Peters, “Drowning”

•Kaitlyn Prophit, “Water Pal”

•Mark Robertson, “She’s got layers”

•Ethan Royal, “Hair does what hair wants”

•Madi Saulter, “Retro Bro”

•Sabina Schwab, “Dazed n confused”

•Sam Simpson, “My True Colors”;

•Isabel Smith, “In the Light of Rainbow Bridge”

•Morgan Vajdos, “Nailed it”

•Reann Voelkel, “Unified”

•Kayla Young, “True Colors”

•Kayla Homeyer, “Two Faces”

•Lexi Deleon, “Dog Days.”

State VASE contest

The State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition is set for April 28-29 at James Madison High School in San Antonio. Entries will be exhibited following judging; viewing is open to all.

State VASE contest

The State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition is set for April 28-29 at James Madison High School in San Antonio. Entries will be exhibited following judging; viewing is open to all.

 
 
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