YOUTH: Ashland students take top honors at UWS art showAshland art students took top honors at the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s ninth annual American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit.
Ashland art students took top honors at the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s ninth annual American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit.
Vaughn Defoe, a senior at Ashland High School, won a $1,000 scholarship for his first place artwork.
Defoe of the Red Cliff Ojibwe won the competition with his pencil-on-paper work titled “Forest Spirit.”
Placing second in the judging was Ashley Bard of the Bad River Ojibwe, a junior at Ashland High School, for her ink-on-paper work “Untitled.”
Placing third was Chris Johnson-Fuller, Fond du Lac Ojibwe, a junior at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, for a welded steel sculpture titled “Elvis.”
Students receiving honorable mention are:
• Danielle Webster, Fond du Lac Ojibwe, a sophomore at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School.
• Mylena Wilson, Blackfoot, a sophomore at Deer River High School.
• Michael Clarquist, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe, a senior at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School.
• Ashley Kraft, Bad River Ojibwe, a junior at Ashland High School.
The exhibit runs through Wednesday in Kruk Gallery in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center at UWS. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
A reception for the artists and the presentation of the scholarship runs 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kruk Gallery. Ten of the region’s premier professional Native American artists offer original artwork and prints for sale at the gallery 3-5 p.m. the day of the reception.
Artwork was judged by faculty members of UWS’s Visual Arts Department.