Cloquet, Superior, Ashland students take top honors at UWS art showMariah Smith, a junior at Cloquet Senior High School, won a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Superior for artwork judged the best in the university’s 11th annual American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit.
Mariah Smith, a junior at Cloquet Senior High School, won a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Superior for artwork judged the best in the university’s 11th annual American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit.
The exhibit concludes today with an Artists’ Reception and art sale in the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Kruk Gallery. Both are open to the public.
Smith, a Fond du Lac Ojibwe, placed first in the competition with her untitled pencil drawing. Artwork was judged by five of the professional artists participating in the exhibit.
Placing second in the competition was Tallon Fedyn, Leech Lake Ojibwe and a senior at Superior High School, for his painting titled, “Stevie Ray Vaughan.”
Placing third was Claire Nelis, Bad River Ojibwe and a senior at Ashland High School, for her ink-and-pencil drawing.
Students earning Honorable Mention include: Savannah Howes, Fond du Lac Ojibwe and a sophomore at Duluth East High School, for her photograph; Esiban Parent, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe and junior at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, for his acrylic painting titled, “A Soul on Guilty Ground”; Danielle Bressette, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe and junior at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, for his mixed-media combine piece; Larissa Greensky, Ojibwe and senior at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, for her mixed-media piece titled “Under world”; Kelsey Olson, Fond du Lac Ojibwe and junior at AlBrook High School, for his mixed-media piece titled, “Wolf”; Cheyenne Moore, Fond du Lac Ojibwe and sophomore at Cloquet Senior High School, for two of her photographs.
All artists participating in the exhibit will be recognized at the reception from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced and featured artist Jonathan Thunder will announce his choice for the Best of Show Award. The event is free.
Works by established artists will be sold from 3-5 p.m. in the lobby outside the gallery.
The American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit recognizes outstanding Native American high school students from around the Northland, and provides an opportunity for their work to be shown alongside work by professional artists. Forty-two high school student artists and 21 established artists from around the region submitted work for this year’s exhibit.
Kruk Gallery is located in Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center on the UWS campus. For directions to UWS and maps of campus, go online to www.uwsuper.edu/directions.