Congratulations to sophomore Tien Tran who recently won a silver medal at the national level in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Nearly 320,000 works were submitted into this years’ competition, with 18,000 of these works earning a “Gold Key” award. The regional “Gold Key” winners then competed at the national level, where the jury process took place in New York City. Only 2,400 (1%) of these artworks received either a gold or silver medal at nationals, with only 18 of these works from the state of Oklahoma.
Tien’s drawing, “Meyer 14,” was the work that notched her the award, which focuses on Dr. Leone Meyer and her plight to recover her painting, Shepherdess with Sheep, which was stolen by Nazi troops during World War II from her parents then later gifted to the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art where it has hung since 2000. Ironically, Tien’s award correlates with the recent news that the University of Oklahoma will return the painting this summer.
The Art III class recently completed mixed-media sculptures using a Barbie or Ken doll to communicate themes of social issues in today’s society. The Art I class also completed a project recently, as they studied the art of Salvador Dalí and the surrealist movement in art. Take a few minutes to view both of these projects and several examples of the great results!