2019 High School Area Show and Congressional Art Competition

April 27-May 26

Scholarship Winners Announced


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Now in its 37th year, the High School Area Show opened Thursday, April 25, at the reception and awards ceremony. Seven college and university programs, and the KIA's Kirk Newman Art School, offered more than $750,000 in scholarships and awards to selected students based on their work.

The KIA again partnered with the 6th Congressional District Congressional Art Competition to select a representative whose work will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year. Makala Carr of Centreville High School won for her drawing Opinion Orange (shown below). Her teacher is Ashley Rolfe. Ms. Carr will receive a trip to Washington, DC, for an opening reception.

Eight college and university programs, and the Kirk Newman Art School at the KIA, offered nearly $1,000,000 in scholarships and awards to selected students based on their work. Juror for the show was artist Jill Waskowsky, who retired as an art teacher from Portage Central High School in 2014.

"I used the same criteria in jurying these works of art as I did in my classroom: sincerity, creativity, and the mastery of the structure of art making," she says. "While some works excelled in all my criteria, I also chose works where creativity or sincerity or skill overcame other limitations. I congratulate all who were accepted into this show."

Curating the show was Kim Long, Assistant Curator for Adult Programs, who notes the importance of the high school educators who nurture these young artists.

"This exhibition would not be a success without the commitment of the art and design teachers in the area, whose important programs teach the skills and dedication needed to study and practice making art."

The exhibition is sponsored by AVB and Borgess/Ascension, and continues through May 26. avb ascension duo for email





CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Evelyn Frye Smith Scholarship
Grant Emenheiser, Loy Norrix HS

CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART
CIA Recognition Scholarship
Makala Carr, Centreville HS
Lillie Forteau, KIA Kirk Newman Art School
MacKenzi Hogue, Vicksburg HS
CIA Pre-college program scholarships
Isabella Ford, Loy Norrix HS
Grace Klang, Plainwell HS
Trinity Lawson, Portage Central HS

GWEN FROSTIC SCHOOL OF ART, WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Anthony Chupp, Loy Norrix HS
Meegan Heerlyn, Vicksburg HS
Grace Hovda, Portage Central HS
Zoe Kalleward, Portage Central HS
Abby Kuespert, St. Joseph HS
Kaitlynn Lyzenga, Van Buren Tech
Dylan Marzke, St. Joseph HS
Mary Mitchell, Portage Central HS
Finn Roberts, Van Buren Tech
Sky Stockton, St. Joseph HS
Cody Tarantino, Mattawan HS

INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTH BEND
Fine Arts Merit Scholarships
Makala Carr, Centreville HS
Patrick Hunt, St. Joseph HS
Grace Klang, Plainwell HS
Chole Labian, Portage Northern HS
Maxine Poage, Hackett Catholic Prep

KENDALL COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
of Ferris State University
Grace Klang, Plainwell HS
Mazei Jones, St. Joseph HS
Sydney Libbing, KIA Kirk Newman Art School
Nimuae Smith, Edwardsburg HS
Maxine Poage, Hackett Catholic Prep
Alivia Ayers, Plainwell HS
Lina Trieu, Portage Northern HS
Emily Holtz, Loy Norrix HS
Thomas Selvidge, Loy Norrix HS
Makala Carr, Centreville HS
Mariah Compton, Battle Creek Central HS
Annika Hokanson, St. Joseph HS
Kaitlynn Lyzenga, Van Buren Tech
Anthony Chupp, Loy Norrix HS

KIA KIRK NEWMAN ART SCHOOL
Grant Emenheiser, Loy Norrix HS
Grace Hovda, Portage Central HS
Sydney Libbing, KIA Kirk Newman Art School
Kathryn Shantz, Loy Norrix HS
Ellison Zhu, Plainwell HS

MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART AND DESIGN
Makala Carr, Centreville High School
Hayley Barrett, Kalamazoo Central
Kerri Maikoski, Kalamazoo Central
Finn Roberts, Van Buren Tech
Emma Stensland, Paw Paw High School

OLIVET COLLEGE
Visual Arts Scholarships
Lina Trieu, Portage Northern HS
Alyssa Schlender, Watervliet HS
Abby Kuespert, St. Joseph HS
Kaitlynn Lyzenga, Van Buren Tech
Zoe Bugnaski, Loy Norrix HS
Grant Emenheiser, Loy Norrix HS
Alivia Ayers, Plainwell HS
Keri Maikoski, Kalamazoo Central HS
Mariah Compton, Battle Creek Central HS

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
1st place: Grace Klang, Plainwell HS
2nd place: Cody Tarantino, Mattawan HS
3rd place: Jordan Juszczyk, Hackett Catholic Prep
Honorable mentions
Julia Sainz, Portage Central HS
Tara Sullivan, Portage Central HS

Juror s Award
Makala Carr, Centreville HS
Anthony Chupp, Loy Norrix HS
Emily Holtz, Loy Norrix HS
Sydney Libbing, KIA Kirk Newman Art School
Moriah Rao, Watervliet Public Schools
Emma Stensland, Paw Paw HS

Juror s Honorable Mention
Ellison Zhu, Plainwell High School
Alexis Ziebarth, Water Street Glassworks
Stephanie Basurto, EFE Art & Design Career Skills at Kalamazoo Central HS
Zoe Blough, Vicksburg HS
Mariah Compton, Battle Creek Central HS
Annika Hokanson, St. Joseph HS
Leasia Posey, Kalamazoo Central HS
Nyle Rosenbaum, home school
Olivia Smith, Kalamazoo Central HS
Sky Stockton, St. Joseph HS

KIA DIRECTOR S AWARDS
Merit Award
Sky Stockton, St. Joseph HS
Grace Klang, Burning House, Plainwell HS

6th District Congressional Art Competition Winner
Makala Carr, Centreville HS