Elk River, Rogers artists earn recognition

'Deep in Thought,' self-portrait in oil paste by Benton Johnson, Rogers

Fifteen Elk River students and four Rogers students are among high school artists receiving recognition in the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards contest.

Chosen student art work will be displayed Jan. 21 through Feb. 13 at Minnesota College of Art and Design in Minneapolis.

The competition drew 1,279 individual entries. From those, 126 gold keys, 156 silver keys, and 223 honorable mentions were awarded. There were also 168 portfolio entries, with 11 gold, 21 silver and 45 honorable mentions awarded.

‘Taeyang,’ mixed media charcoal by Morida Soun of ERHS

A reception for the artists will be held Sunday, Feb. 13, at MCAD.

Following are the local artists getting recognition.

From Rana Nestrud’s drawing and painting classes at ERHS, gold keys went to senior Morida Soun (drawing), senior Austin Stevens (ceramics), and senior Heather Winkler (drawing), while silvers went to senior Stephanie Peterson (drawing) and Tessa Warnke (mixed media). Honorable mentions were given to senior Caroline Green (painting) and Karissa Cable (drawing).

Self Portrait in white and black charcoal by Heather Winkler of ERHS

From Damien Husen’s ceramics and glass classes, gold keys went to senior Austin Stevens, senior Eric Stevens (two), junior Courtney Wirz, and junior Troy Kovich. Receiving a silver key was senior Marine Olson. Honorable mentions went to junior Mathew Hauge (two).

From Susan Sebgahti’s classes at RHS, a gold key was earned by freshman Benton Johnson for drawing, and silver keys went to senior Nico Salas-Velazquez for sculpture, senior Bemjamin Hendricks for ceramics, and senior Gina Picconatto for jewelry.

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