Works by three CHS students advance to state exhibit

    Art students at Crookston High School participated in the Minnesota State High School League’s Region 8A Visual Arts Festival Wednesday, and CHS art teacher Gary Stegman says it was a good day for them.  

    Eleven schools and 134 students attended and participated in the festival from Northwest Minnesota.

    Crookston has had a long and positive history in the festival, Stegman notes. This year, students submitted 42 pieces for the contest. Only 18 spots are available from each school for the show, he explained, so a pre-judging process pared the number down to 13 students in seven different categories. Those categories include Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Crafts, Photography and 2-D Mixed Media. CHS students scored zero non-winners, four Excellent winners, and 14 Superior (Double Star) winners, including three “Spotlight on the Arts” awards, which mean they were judged the best of the category, Stegman says. These winners automatically qualify for the State Art Exhibit held at the Perpich Center for the Arts on May 11.

    An analysis of the participation of the competition shows how well CHS and Section 8A student artists did, Stegman says. With 134 total entries, Section 8A totals include 19 non-winners (14%), 68 Excellent ratings (51%) and 47 Superior winners (35%). Crookston students had four Excellent ratings (22%) and 14 Superior winners (78%). There were 20 perfect scores earned from the judges.  Crookston earned eight perfect scores, Warroad had six, and the other nine schools combined for six.  Warroad sent five students to the State Art Exhibit, Crookston sends three, and the other nine schools will send a total of four.

     Karly Resendiz won the honor for her sculpture, “Pockets Full of Posies.”  Elizabeth Erdmann made a quilt entitled “Tumbling Waves,” and Logan Johnson fashioned a chess set and board entitled “Because I Could” out of three different types of wood.  Elysa Christensen, Hailey Spivey, Eliza Meyer, Adriana Isum, Hannah Street, Gina Visness, Heather Visness, Skylar Weiland, Karen Gonzalez and Jada Dillabough competed for the show as well.

    Crookston students also won awards in area art shows over the year. Skylar Weiland won a Merit in Photography from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Logan Johnson won First Place overall at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit for his chess set sculpture. Adriana Isum win Second Place overall for her painting “Serenity.” Elysa Christensen won Merit (best in category) in Sculpture for “Fifth Dimension.”