May 9, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterMore than 100 pieces of artwork made by Riverton High School students were part of the 45th Wyoming High School Art Symposium that was held at the end of April in the Casper Events Center. Roughly 1,500 students and 105 high school art educators displayed more than 5,000 pieces of student artwork.
RHS entered a variety of artwork that included fused glass, stained glass, acrylic mosaics, scratch art, ceramic items, sculptures and works made of water colors, chalk and pastel, and colored pencils.
Several RHS students created more than one piece, and many were awarded blue ribbons. Students said it took them weeks to complete some projects with the help of art teachers Marianne Vinich and Nancy Gray-Sinner.
Gray-Sinner noticed an increase in three dimensional art pieces at the symposium's new 3-Dimensional Artistic Discovery exhibit. Sculptures and organic pieces, mainly made with items taken from natural environments, also were more common this year. Gray-Sinner said many students were intimidated by the numerous items on display.
"But they also realized their work had some merit," Gray-Sinner added.
The following students won blue ribbons, with many winning more than one: Gabriel Blue Brewmaker, Abigayle Carpenter, Talia Hancock, Mariah Raymond, Macy Evans, Whitney Aschenbrenner, Jordan Shrock, Kiley Ridgeway, Josh Miller, Celeste Rotholz, Amy Woodward, Megan Beasley, Talia Hancock, Billy Leasure, Megan Hough, Morgan Hinkle, Lincoln Horath, Jessica Black, Katie Collins, Kaitlyn Wells, Taylor Hill, Bree Olson, Wyatt Griffin, Kelsey Hallam, Sierra Sanders, Asia Carr, Annie Phister, Seth Quayle, Sarah McDonald, Vanessa Nells, Virgil Morrison and Kristen Wederski.
Amy Woodward's two art pieces were awarded the First Lady of Wyoming Art Award, which will be displayed at the governor's mansion in Cheyenne for one year.
"Every year, (Carol Mead) comes to the art symposium and chooses the very special pieces that she absolutely falls in love with," Vinich said.
Katie Collins received the 3-Dimensional Artistic Discovery award for sculptural pieces that will be shown at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne.
The students' artwork will be on display at the RHS media center until Friday.
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