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Winners announced for Cameron’s Invitational High School Art Competition and Exhibition

Cameron University’s art faculty evaluated 148 entries from 78 high school art students to select the winning submissions for CU’s Invitational High School Art Competition and Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display in the Art Teaching Gallery, located in the Art Building on the east side of the Louise D. McMahon Fine Arts Complex, through May 3.

Makeyla Pewenofkit, Anadarko High School, was awarded first place for her painting “Rayne.” The piece was created with charcoal, white pencil and acrylic paint. One of the jurors said of this piece, “The student utilized great modeling techniques to achieve form. The figure is proportionately accurate with great alignment in facial features.”

Second place was awarded to Savanna Black, Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences, for her pen and ink drawing, “Tiger.” “This work demonstrates a sophisticated shape design and clever use of the figure ground relationship,” a juror said. “The student’s craftsmanship and presentation of the work is professional.”

Lawton High School’s Isabel Todd was awarded third place for an untitled print. One juror commented, “The student captured an attractive amount of contrast that is very desirable in printmaking. The ink that fills the negative space around the ribs makes the art more visually stimulating.”

Four entries were recognized with Honorable Mention designation. “Neri Komi,” a clay sculpture by Dymond Flowers, MacArthur High School, which elicited one juror to say, “This piece shows a wonderful relationship of pattern marks reminiscent of traditional Southwestern pottery. The color choices are also very harmonious.”

Anadarko High School’s Brianna Hill’s “Self Portrait #3,” a charcoal and acrylic painting, received this comment: “Brianna demonstrates above average skill in drawing the face and figure. The neutral expression on the face compliments the choice of gray scale that gives the work more narrative. All of her portraits are wonderful, but this particular work utilizes pattern the best in the negative space because its subtlety doesn’t distract from the figure.”

Also receiving Honorable Mention was “Koi,” an acrylic painting by Jacqueline Scheel, Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences. “The use of complementary color makes the work unified as a whole,” said one juror. “The treatment of the water creates a beautiful pattern that adds movement to the fish and allows the viewer’s eye to travel throughout the work.”

“Paper Flowers,” a newspaper creation by Alisha Le, Eisenhower High School, was recognized as well. One juror said, “Alisha used the materials in a very smart and interesting way. The aging of the paper gives the flowers warmth while the words of the pages give the flowers a tonal quality.”



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