By Sevil Mamedovi
The art was exhibited from Saturday, March 19 through Thursday, April 14, 2016. The artwork had to be two-dimensional and framed. It also could be no longer than 24 inches by 24 inches, no more than 4 inches deep and no more than 15 pounds in weight.
This year’s theme was “Artistic Discovery”.
The student release had to be submitted by March 11. The artwork was then delivered to Castle Rock on March 14-16. Closed judging of artwork was on March 18 at the awards ceremony and reception. Each entry had to be an original concept.
“It’s very important for students to see their artwork with students of other schools, so they can see where they are standing in the art world. It is an amazing opportunity to get recognition for what they do. It is a great way to build confidence and a really good way to earn scholarships, money and just recognition in general. When they do go to college, they can show their professors what they have already done, so it lays that really nice foundation for being a professional artist.” said art teacher Chelsea Scott.
Sterling High School had three students competing in the art competition: seniors Emily Weiss, Abraham Arguello and Zelie Boothby.
“The top award is that the competitors’ artwork will be taken to Washington D.C. and will be displayed in the White House. The winner gets flown to Washington D.C. and all their accommodations are taken care of. Then they will have a reception at the White House with the artwork displayed. There are also scholarships and supplies that are given to the winner, as well as a certificate,” said Scott.