At times, high-school students make high-quality artwork, but it’s rarely seen outside school walls or a proud parent’s cubicle.
A competition by Stevens-Henager College, though, gave students the chance to show off their work and put it against other high schools in the valley. The second annual Art and Design High School Show and Competition received more than 90 entries from 33 high schools.
“This is a great way for Stevens-Henager to reach out to the community,” said Amanda Ketay, alliance coordinator for Stevens-Henager. “It also gives students an opportunity to show their artwork, and we even give them a chance to sell it if they want.”
Out of the six winners in the art show, three school districts were represented with prize winners. Canyons, Tooele and Granite school districts each had winners, but Cyprus High School was the big winner with three overall first-place finishers.
Cyprus High’s Sadie Weis won best in show and first-place pastel while schoolmates Sarah Mudrow and Logan Waechtler took first place in photography and graphics, respectively.
Logan, who is a senior at Cyprus, hadn’t taken an art class since seventh grade, but since taking the class in his final year of high school, art and drawing have become a love for him.
In his artwork, Logan made small drawings all on one page with the assignment to make them resemble hearts.
“To me, the artwork is all kind of symbolic because there is heart and beauty in everything,” he said. “If I see something in my head, I just have to get it down on paper.”
Logan draws a lot of his inspiration from the surrounding elements such as water and fire. He and Sarah give credit to art instructor Cynthia McKay for helping them hone their skills.
Sarah has a good eye for catching quality photos, and that is what helped her win first in the photography competition. In her winning photograph, Sarah wasn’t exactly looking for a prize-winning shot when she spotted some old shoes tucked under leaves at her grandmother’s farm and snapped a picture.
“With photography at least, and actually some of my paintings, it’s a series of shoes and feet,” Sarah said. “I just saw these old shoes that were in the dead leaves, and I had to run inside and grab my camera.”
Logan and Sarah plan on pursuing art after high school, and Sarah would even like to become an art teacher in the future.
Other winners of the art contest are Doyoun Park from Brighton High with a first-place finish in drawing, Sam Tresco from Alta with a first place in painting and Stansbury High’s Jordan Jenkins, who was the winner from the Tooele School District as he took first place in 3-D art.