by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor
Nikita Skorykh of Elk River earned an “American Vision Nominee” citation at the annual Minnesota Scholastic Arts Awards.
Meanwhile, Kyle Badger was honored for a portfolio of work.
Skorykh, a senior, won with a ceramics and glass piece, “Flattened Vessel with Rings.”
Only five students received this distinction in the statewide contest, which had over 2,300 entries. Judges will select one of them to represent Minnesota this spring in a national competition.
“Nikita has a natural talent that leads to ceramic pieces that are simple, elegant and refined,” said Damien Husen, ERHS ceramics teacher. “It is a joy to watch him work with such precision and craftsmanship.”
Badger, a senior, was one of only nine students to receive a Gold Key for a portfolio. He submitted eight pieces from the past year.
“Kyle is the kind of student that every art teacher hopes to work with,” said Husen. “He dedicates much of his free time to his projects, seeks feedback from peers and teachers, and constantly explores techniques beyond the required curriculum.”
Badger plans to be an art teacher while selling fine arts creations.
Three more ERHS seniors, Emily Brinza, Ryan Toth and Jason Siminovich, earned Gold Keys in Ceramics.
Silver Keys went to seniors Badger, Siminovich, (sculpture), Skorykh, Jennifer Weist (drawing) and junior Emily Thedens (sculpture).
Gold and Silver Key selections will be displayed at Perpich Center for the Arts in Golden Valley from Feb. 5-22. Gold Keys will be forwarded to the national competition.
Getting honorable mentions were seniors Taylor Anderson (drawing), Morgan Pearson (ceramics), Badger, and sophomore MacKenzie Mitzuk (drawing).
“The ERHS art department is proud to have so many talented students recognized,” Husen said. “Their commitment to creativity and craftsmanship is truly inspiring.”