After another successful year of making art, the 2017 Kentucky Art Education Association’s (KyAEA) All-State Art Competitions exhibited the best of the best from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. More than 250 individual artworks were submitted, representing 60 public and private schools in 13 categories spanning both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks.
Students and their teachers worked extremely hard all year long to create competition-worthy pieces to display in this prestigious shows. In order to compete at the high school level, students must qualify in their regional show by placing first in their category. For the elementary and middle school show, teachers can send their top five artworks in four categories. Each year, as many 600 artworks are juried into the top 120 pieces for the state art shows.
The high school show was April 9-22 at the Hellmann Creative Center in Covington. The show was sponsored by the Dick Blick art supply company, which provided each first-, second- and third-place winner a sketchbook. The Best in Show 2-D winner was Amy Kim from DuPont Manual High School (Jefferson County); and the Best in Show 3-D winner was Logan Smith, also a student at DuPont Manual. Each received a customized cut glass Best in Show trophy donated by Sterling Cut Glass in Erlanger.
This was the first time for the all-state show to be held at the Hellmann Center. Exhibition space was provided on every floor around their artist studios and community spaces. Those attending the awards ceremony were able to enjoy all of the video and film submissions before the presentation.
The elementary and middle school show was hosted at the Polvino Family Art Center in Nicholasville April 17-28. Those in attendance for the awards ceremony were able to view the artworks and participate in a collaborative artwork, created on the day of the reception.
In the elementary show, the Best in Show winner was Maddie Paparo from the Sayre School in Lexington. The middle school Best in Show winner was Macie Riffe from Raceland-Worthington Independent Middle School.
Those of us who serve as all-state coordinators – Staci Goggins, Tara Luster and I – are thankful for another successful show year. We want to encourage more schools to enter their regional competitions in order to get the chance at showcase at the state level. For more information about this show and future opportunities for students, check out the KyAEA website.
Rachael Burriss is an art teacher at Cooper High School (Boone County). She is also a Kentucky Department of Education visual and performing arts specialist for Region C.
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