Art in the Wilds’ Annual Student Art Show continues to Amaze
- by Kristin Marconi
- September 6, 2017
Press Release: Forty-eight high school students participated in a Student Art Exhibit and Competition the fourth weekend in June, as a part of the 11th Annual Art in the Wilds fine art show in Evergreen Park. The student art show was co-sponsored by The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
The students submitted a combined 89 pieces of art. (Pictured below, from left to right: Student Artist Group Photo, in the 3D, three-dimensional category, First Place went to Destiny Green (Oswayo), for her ceramic vessel titled “Gloria”, in the 2D, two-dimensional category, First place went to Mikaella Corah (Port Allegany) for her colored pencil drawing titled “Joy”)
The six schools and high school art teacher who engaged students to participate and curated the art of their top students in 2017 were: in McKean County – Bradford Area High School (Janelle Turk), Kane Area High School (Cathy Sirianni), Port Allegany High School (Meg Hutton); in Potter County – Oswayo Valley High in Shinglehouse (Lynzie Rinamon); in Warren – Sheffield Area High School (Cynthia Hartburg); and in Elk County – Ridgway Area High School (Richard Skellen).
All 22 high schools in McKean, and its five contiguous counties: Potter, Elk, Warren, Forest, and Cameron were invited to send their top student artists.
Pre-registered art was brought to Art in the Wilds on Saturday morning. The show was set and blind juried and open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and throughout the show all day Sunday. (Blind jurying means that jurist evaluate the art without knowledge of who the artist or school submitting or any other identifying information.)
The Student Show received lots of compliments, from juried artists and visitors to the Art in the Wilds, on the high quality of art displayed as well as high praise for regional high school art programs and teachers.
In the 2D, two-dimensional category, First Place went to Mikaella Corah (Port Allegany) for her colored pencil drawing titled “Joy”; Second Place also went to Mikaella Corah (Port Allegany) for her entry entitled “Cardinal”; and Third Place went to Zachary Zilkofski (Kane) for his entry “Pepper”.
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In the 3D, three-dimensional category, First Place went to Destiny Green (Oswayo), for her ceramic vessel titled “Gloria”.
Second Place to Rafe Caskey (Oswayo), for his flag, a mixed media entry; and Third Place to McCauley Fox (Port Allegany) for his wire art titled “Two Sides to Every Person”.
First place winners received $100 and a one-year membership in The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania. Second place awardees received $75; and third place, $50.
At the gathering Student Art Show Coordinators Janine Smith and Julie Wismar presented the awards on behalf of Art in the Wilds and The Wilds Cooperative. Smith acknowledged the high quality of the art submitted by all the students. She expressed gratitude to all high school art teachers who encouraged their top students’ participation and curated their school’s art. Smith encouraged the students to take pride in their art and continue to make it.
The Art in the Wilds Student Art Show is an opportunity for young artists and their families to participate and experience a fine arts show, to make connections with juried artists, observe artist demonstrations, to check out booth displays, and to inspire a life-long connection with the arts.
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, formerly known as the PA Wilds Artisan Trail, promotes the PA Wilds region’s tourism, hospitality and its creative spirit, including artists, galleries, and art trails and other unique experiences. Art in the Wilds was one of the first events to tie into the PA Wilds after the regional brand was launched in 2003.