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The 23rd Annual Kewpee

High School Invitational

 

Young area art students offer their best, most innovative and technically polished work in the

23rd Annual Kewpee High School Invitational.

Once again, Harry Shutt and Kewpee Restaurants make this exhibit possible with generous support.

 

Please join us from 6:30-8:30 pm on Friday, March 4 (postponed from February 25) for the Opening Reception.

Exhibit runs February 25 through April 9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a printable copy of the 23rd Annual Kewpee

High School Invitational

 

catalogue click Kewpee Catalogue 2011.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of Show

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

1st Place Drawing

Mandi Caskey

Rene’s Still Life

Shawnee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category Winners

 

 
     

 

 

 

1st Place Painting

Kelly McCarthy

Tama Na

Bluffton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Place Ceramics

Samantha Schmenk

Stars and Crosses

Pandora-Gilboa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Place Digital Media

Brandon Todd

In Good Hands

Apollo

 

 

 

1st Place Mixed Media

Bailey Bowers

Organic Cotton Bamboo Blend

Ada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1st Place Sculpture

Zach Gonder

Pixie Stick

Ada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Place Jewelry

Hailey Griffo

Untitled

Shawnee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Place Printmaking

Mandi Caskey

Untitled

Shawnee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Place Photography

Kristin Roessner

Rotten Apples

New Knoxville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very special thanks to Harry Shutt and Kewpee Restaurants for underwriting this exhibit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jurors' Statements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is an honor to be asked to judge the Lima Kewpee High School Art Exhibit this year.  As usual there are many hard-working, talented young students just beginning their journey into the world of the visual arts.  Viewing and evaluating their efforts is an arduous task, yet one I enjoyed immensely.  Young artists seriously pursuing a future in this field should be building a solid foundation of skills to produce and execute the projects of their highly creative minds.  This show is a prime venue for displaying their art work.

 

It was a demanding yet enjoyable day spent judging so many entries from schools in the greater Lima area.  The students who received awards should feel honored because many of the categories were extremely competitive with high-quality works of art.  Professor Cayton and I spent many hours reviewing each and every entry.  Creating art is a journey that artists travel.  Everyone falls somewhere along the continuum from starting out to producing winning pieces. Some artists work very hard to achieve results while others see the journey as a hobby or way to spend leisure time.  This show gives these young artists the opportunity to see where they fit on the continuum at this early point in their efforts.  I encourage them all to keep up their endeavors, and I look forward to enjoying their future efforts.

 

Bob Minto is an art teacher retired from Ada High School

and the University of Findlay

 

It was exciting to select a show out of the best of a submission of very strong work. 

 

When considering the entire body of work that was presented, several things come to mind.  Most obvious is the level of technical proficiency and the wide range of processes being explored in all the areas of study.    In addition,  it was exciting to see that the discovery of “what they wanted to do” represented the beginning of a process-- not the end.    The young artists explored problems and expanded them into unique creative solutions.    The subject was a resource for many things including a simple love of texture, tying the composition together, and developing open and closed color and value patterns -- expanding compositional and metaphorical ideas.    Trying to discover each personal exploration was clearly one of the interesting challenges of the exhibition for me.

 

Finally, I am encouraged by what I see from this next generation of artists—strong fundamental drawing skills.  Drawing whether done with a pencil, brush, coil of clay, or 12-gauge wire remains the backbone of idea development and gives us the ability to make images and share them with others.  For me it is the mother of the arts and, based on this exhibition,  remains alive and vigorous.

 

If I could give a word of encouragement to these new artists, it would be this:  Take more time in considering how a work is presented—its relationship to the base or mounting, the matting, the framing, and the relationship between the object and the support surface or wall.   Several good pieces could not be selected because they just could not be presented or the mounting stood out more than the piece the artist was trying to highlight.  A few moments of thought here could be the difference between a disturbing work and one that is terrific.

 

Unfortunately the gallery space is not sufficient to show everything submitted.    But every young artist is to be congratulated on their level of achievement and encouraged to continue with their development.

 

Dave Cayton is Emeritus Professor of Art,

Bowling Green State University