GRHS celebrates achievements at State Art Symposium

Green River schools recently attended and did well at the Wyoming State Art Symposium.

"Green River High School is proud to announce our outstanding performance at the State Art Symposium on April 20 and 21," a press release said.

This year the Wyoming Secondary Art Educators Association (WSAEA) hosted the 55th Annual State Art Symposium at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. 

The state art show showcased a total of 4,225 pieces of student artwork from 61 different secondary-level schools across Wyoming. Of those pieces, 25% of the work was awarded a blue ribbon, and GRHS received nine of the 26 top honors in three-dimensional art pieces.

Other notable awards include the Congressional, First Lady, and 3D Discovery Awards. In total, GRHS students collected nine of the awards in these categories.

Mia Rosas received four awards, which is a school record, and she now has earned eight in total. She also received a $1,500 college scholarship.

Chance Larson received two awards, and Maya Wiekhorst, Hailey Tyler, and Mikayla Green each received one award.  

Kimberly Johnson had a piece the First Lady of Wyoming selected to hang in the Governor's Mansion for the following year.  

GRHS art department students took 171 pieces of artwork to the State Art Show. Seventy-six were 2D pieces, including photography work, computer graphics, drawings, paintings, printmaking, and a few other two-dimensional projects. Ninety-five were 3D pieces, which include pottery and sculpture projects.

Art teachers Shane Steiss and Denise Mosley have been working with their students all year to teach art fundamentals and prepare them to show their work at the show.  

Mr. Steiss teaches all of the pottery classes, Advanced 3D and Advanced 2D. Ms. Mosley (vice president) teaches all digital arts classes, including Photography, Computer Graphics, and beginning 2D and Sculpture.

Michelle Wickstrom, an art teacher at Expedition Academy, also brought four pieces from her students, and one received a ribbon.  

"We also appreciate all of Mrs. Wickstrom's hard work in her position as Secretary-Elect for the WSAEA," the press release said. "She has maintained her position for the past two years and plans to continue in her role for more years."

Green River High School will host an art display and sale for the students pieces in the main gym next Monday through Wednesday morning, May 1 to 3.


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