Innovations 2011 awards young Oklahoma artists for excellence
More than 110 students faced off recently at Innovations, an annual high school art competition held at the University of Science and Arts. Students from around the state competed in the art exhibit held exclusively for high school juniors and seniors.
USAO’s art faculty assessed 196 entries in order to assign 18 awards of merit, 10 judges’ choice awards and one award for best in show.
This year’s Best in Show prize was awarded to Alexis Allen of Alva for her photograph entitled, “Tools of the Trade.”
According to Jacquelyn Knapp, associate professor of art, “Tools of the Trade” stood out as a winner because, “it was striking as an image, featuring good composition, good design, excellent print work and it was professionally presented.”
The awards, which were given out March 11 in a ceremony held in the Third Floor Gallery at USAO, featured work submitted from 18 different schools. Judges’ choice winners were awarded $50. The Best in Show award is $100.
“Art entered into Innovations 2011 displays a great deal of talent by High school students across the state,” Knapp observed.
“The USAO art department is proud to offer this opportunity for students to make connections with the art faculty and to become familiar with the art program at USAO.”
USAO student Wendy Chambers recalled her own participation in Innovations, noting “it played a really big role in my process when deciding to attend USAO as an art student.”
Chambers’ piece won the Judge’s Choice and she received an award of merit in 2008.
Art scholarships at USAO are available. For more information, contact Kent Lamar, professor of art, at (405) 574-1302.
The winners for Innovations 2011 were as follows:
Best In Show
Alva- Alexis Allen
Awards of Merit
Alva- Cody Rader, Jacob Ellis
Bethel- Makayla Green
Carl Albert- Tasha Morrow, Soheil Golestanipanah
Chickasha- Jordan White, Ben Sanders, Amanda DeLong
Cyril- Erica Wise
Elgin- Megan Holmgren
Kingfisher- Paige Kannady
Kingston- Derawanda Beasely, Cierra Eastep
Mountain View/Gotebo- Antonia Belindo
Mustang- Amanda Dely
Wayne- Kandith Garcia
Wynnewood- Priscilla Platzer
Alva- Tim Harris, Henry Nighswonger
Bethel- Makayla Green, Megan Acklin
Carl Albert- Soheil Golestanipanah
Chickasha- Jordan White
Elgin- Megan Holmgren
Mustang- Amanda Dely, Stacy Robertson
Wynnewood- Denyae Orey