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Local high school students win Scholastic Art Awards

Wichita Collegiate senior Kate Gondwe’s film “The Puppet Lady” is one of five student-produced artworks in the state to be nominated for the 2016 Eastern Kansas American Visions medal.
Wichita Collegiate senior Kate Gondwe’s film “The Puppet Lady” is one of five student-produced artworks in the state to be nominated for the 2016 Eastern Kansas American Visions medal. Courtesy image

Five pieces by Kansas high school artists – two of whom are local – have been nominated for the 2016 Eastern Kansas American Visions medal as part of the Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards.

The medal is perhaps the highest award a Kansas high school artist could win in the immediate 70-county area, and the Scholastic Art Awards themselves are the largest and longest-running recognition program for young artists in the United States.

Hutchinson High School senior Julia Hardenburger, who has had her artwork purchased by Liz Koch, and Wichita Collegiate senior Kate Gondwe, whose films have appeared in national and international film festivals, are each nominated for the award.

Gondwe is nominated for her documentary film “The Puppet Lady,” which screened both at the Tallgrass Film Festival and the Women Texas Film Festival recently.

Hardenburger is nominated for her sculpture “The Heart of Alexander.”

Shawnee Heights High School student Victoria Harington and Washburn Rural High School student Clare Fallon round out the other nominees. Fallon has two of her works nominated.

The Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards is a competition facilitated by Mark Arts every year in which student artists from Kansas middle and high schools submit works in ceramics and glass, painting, film, sculpture and even jewelry.

Each work is reviewed by a panel of art professionals for technical skill, originality and the emergence of personal voice or vision, according to Mark Arts.

There were about 2,200 entries this year, and 570 of those won some sort of award.

It’s more than just something to put on your resume as a student artist – the awards are a chance for student artists to win scholarships to college.

Mark Arts invites regional universities to look at the art, and those colleges and universities often put together scholarship packages for the students. Last year, a record $2.6 million in scholarship money was offered to award winners.

Mark Arts will hang all the Scholastic Art Award winners’ work in its gallery from Friday through March 5.

There will be an opening reception for the art this Final Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring live entertainment and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

In the Scholastic Art Awards’ 93-year history, various well-known artists participated as students, including Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Cy Twombly, Ken Burns, John Baldessari and Kay WalkingStick.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

How your school did

For a full listing of individual entrants by school and how they fared, go to http://bit.ly/2j263Xe.

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