Kleven, Fricke lead strong showing by Rogers artists at section competition

xxx Kleven's Judge's Choice entry, "Me.)
Taylor Kleven’s Judge’s Choice entry, “Me.)


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Rogers students captured three of the six Judge’s Choice awards at Section 5AA Art Competition, with Taylor Kleven nabbing two of them and Nicole Fricke the other.

Sixteen of 18 Rogers participants got Superior awards (gold medals) in the event Saturday at Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, announced teacher Su Sebghati.

Nicole Fricke's Judge's Choice entry, "Paul's Tractor"
Nicole Fricke’s Judge’s Choice entry, “Paul’s Tractor”


“Almost all of our students got highest honors.  That is amazing,” said Sebghati.

Kleven, a senior, was honored for an acrylic called “Midnight Snack” and a pastel self portrait “Me.”

Nicole Fricke
Nicole Fricke

Fricke, a senior, had an acrylic on wood pallet called “Paul’s Tractor” that was chosen.

The Judges’ Choice picks will be displayed at another show May 12. The six judges chose one each.

Artists from Columbia Heights, Anoka, Spring Lake Park, Osseo, Champlin Park, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Maple Grove, Rogers and Totino-Grace had works displayed for a week prior to the awards presentations. They attended workshops and met with judges on awards day.

Taylor Kleven's Judge's Choice entry xxxx.
Taylor Kleven’s Judge’s Choice entry Midnight Snack.

Other RHS students getting Superior awards were seniors Kristin Boyd (sculpture), Grace Cullen (jewelry), Leeann Scharber (two acrylic paintings), Courtney McClay (jewelry), Lizzy Meyer (mixed media, and sculpture), Lindsey Paul (jewelry), and Liz Ramirez (pastel drawing); juniors Marissa Zoubek (drawing) and Wyatt Vaa (ceramics); and sophomores Bobbi Jo Renneberg (jewelry) and Danielle Laqua (pastel drawing).

Awards of Excellence, the next level, went to senior Kendra Hambleton (acrylic painting) and sophomore Emily Bourgeois (gouache on  paper).