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Winners Named in High School Art Contest

by Rod Jones

The list of winners of Oklahoma City University’s annual state-wide high school art competition has been released.

OCU’s School of Visual Arts hosts the Oklahoma High School 2-Dimensional Art Competition, which was formerly the High School Print and Drawing Competition. The contest has been an annual event since 1985.

The contest is open to all Oklahoma students in grades 9 through 12. Media categories include prints; drawings in pencil, charcoal or pastel; collages; paintings; and photographs. Awards include one Nona Jean Hulsey Award, three Norick Awards and 10 Merit Awards.

Mike Wimmer, OCU’s artist-in-residence and chairman of the Visual Art Department, personally selects one artist for his Mastery Award. The $1,000 Mike Wimmer Mastery Award cash prize is split between the artist and the artist’s school.

The works in the contest will be on display in the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery until Nov. 15. The gallery is located in the Norick Art Center at Blackwelder Avenue and N.W. 26th Street.

Gallery hours during the exhibit are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the School of Visual Arts or the high school art contest, visit the School of Visual arts website.

The list of this year’s winners is as follows:

* Mike Wimmer Mastery Awards

Jordan Tacker (Edmond Memorial High School)

Carl Albert High School Art Program

* Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery Award

Rebecca Atherton, Broken Arrow High School, “Forgotten”

* Norick Art Center Awards

Christian Spaulding, Edison High School, “Dapper” (print)

Kaleigh Lamb, Metro Christian Academy, “Self Portrait at Riverside Tunnel” (painting)

Tamra Gould, Edmond North High School, “Panda” (photograph)

Quyen Tran, Putnam City North High School, “Ten Percent” (mixed media)

Ciaran Curtis, Victory Christian School, “Eye for an Eye” (drawing)

* Merit Awards

Katylynne Payne, Broken Arrow, “The Rite of Spring”

Emily Caitlin, Broken Arrow, “There is Beauty in Simplicity”

Amare Weary, Carl Albert High School, “Self Portrait”

Claire Holloway, Classen School of Advanced Studies, “Up Close”

Kayla Andrus, Edison High School, Brontide”

Keegan Kendall, Elgin High School, “Camouflage”

Katie Prior, home school, “Seth”

Megan McKnight, Metro Christian Academy, “Journey to Return”

Harrison Johnson, Purcell High School, “Autumn”

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