Fifteen Rogers students earned awards at the Mississippi 8 Conference Visual Arts Awards held May 5–6 at St. Michael-Albertville, announced RHS art teacher Susan Sebghati.
Participating schools Rogers, Zimmerman, STMA, Big Lake, Becker, Buffalo, Princeton, and Monticello brought 20 entries each.
The competition judges were David Beaman (art education consultant, watercolor and media arts artist), Karen Berning (watercolor and pastel artist) and Andrew Bugher (professional jeweler).
There were first-, second- and third-place awards in each category, 20 honorable mentions, Best of Show (selected by judges) and People’s Choice (selected by students).
Nate Scharber got People’s Choice for his winning mixed media piece, titled “Unrest,” along with first-place for watercolor.
Also getting first places were Audrey Erdahl for jewelry (Ocean Swirls), Brenton Johnson for drawing (self-portrait), Steve Swanson for ceramics (Malakito Tea Set), Leah Haggberg for fiber arts (Ikarus Sunflowers) and Ele Nies for printmaking (“In The Wind”).
Second-places went to Alle Schaeffer for jewelry, Haggberg for acrylic painting, Cody Harff for ceramics, Lizzy Meyer for sculpture and Nies for mixed media.
Third places went to Aundria Speidel for jewelry, Nico Salas Velazquez for sculpture and Katie Reimann for mixed media.
Honorable mentions went to Scharber for acrylics, David Dechaine in ceramics and Ian Dorash in jewelry.
All of their works of art will be on display at Rogers High School on May 23 during Art at Lunch and at Arts Night.
RHS students earn jewelry awards
For the second straight year, Rogers students were awarded first, second and third places in the Minnesota/North Dakota Jewelers Association Student Competition.
Ian Dorash got first place, Allee Schaeffer second, and Aundria Speidel third.
The jewelry was displayed at Lindblom Jewelers in Wayzata May 7–17.
Their teacher is Susan Sebghati.
Scharber gets award for painting
Nate Scharber, Rogers senior, placed third in the Third Congressional District High School Art Competition, awarded May 9, with the painting shown. He received a Dick Blick Art gift certificate.