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High school artists receive awards for work exhibited at EOU

High school artists receive awards in annual EOU exhibition

Contact: Cory Peeke | Nightingale Gallery Director
541-962-3584 | cpeeke@eou.edu

March 13, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Nightingale Gallery announces the following award winners from the 2013 “Eastern Oregon Regional High School Art Exhibition.”

The EOU art program presented University Scholar Awards to the following high school seniors whose work demonstrates great potential for continued success at the college level. These students also each received a $1,500 renewable scholarship to study art at EOU:

– Andrew Camarena, of Ontario High School, for his mixed media sculpture “Head”
– Eli Kerns, of Baker High School, for his mixed media and clay sculpture “Willow Creek”
– Molly Witten, of La Grande High School, for her oil on canvas painting “Sarah’s Solo” 

The following Best of Show winners received award certificates and sketchbooks in which to continue to sharpen their creative skills:

Union High School

– Travis Gregory, 11th grade, for his acrylic painting “Tree with Leaves”
– Micayla Prummer, 11th grade, for her mixed media puppet “The Big Bad Wolf”

Grant Union High School

– Hannah Pereira, 10th grade, for her graphite drawing “Self Portrait”

Cove High School

– Saskia Lay, 9th grade, for her mixed media drawing “Dedicated to Jade Connall”


The following Honorable Mention recipients received a certificate of award:

Baker High School

– Jordan Warren for the pen and ink drawing “Bifocals”

Cove High School

– Lacey Bard for her photograph “Resistance”
– Hannah Brazil for her ink and collage work “Neck-less Positioning”

Joseph High School

– Lindsay Kemp for her watercolor painting “Rainy City”
– Mia Whittle for her mixed media work “Spring”

La Grande High School

– Alora Brown for the oil painting “Welcome to My World”
– Taite Haynes for the acrylic painting “Batman”
– Ally Tsaitos for the acrylic painting “Colorful Elephant”

Ontario High School

– Alina Schueler for her drawing “Tiger Year”
– Ashton Stark for the drawing “Reflection”
– Ashley K. Suyematsu for her drawing “Snack Time”

Weston McEwen High School

– Angelica Mirnov for her acrylic painting of a peacock

Additionally, Jaime Gustavson, art instructor at Union High School, presented a $100 Union High School Bobcat Foundation Scholarship Award to Tanner Tracy-Mugrage.

The La Grande Arts Commission also presented a special award to Alora Brown, a junior at La Grande High School exhibiting her painting “Welcome to My World.” The La Grande Arts Commission’s “Promising Young Artist Award” comes with a certificate and check for $50.

“The Nightingale Gallery and EOU congratulates the winners and all the outstanding participants,” said Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery director. “We would also like to express our appreciation to the region’s art teachers who went out of their way to make sure their students’ work was included in the exhibit and who do an outstanding job with extremely limited resources.”

Following is a list of participating teachers/schools: Kristen Bell, Baker High School; Eric Gustavson, Cove High School; Connie Robbins, Crane High School; J.J. Collier, Grant Union High School; Olivia Hinojos, Joseph High School; Mike Schireman, La Grande High School; Pam Helfrich, Ontario High School; Jaime Gustavson, Union High School; and Julie Pridgen, Weston McEwen High School.

The “Eastern Oregon Regional High School Exhibition” continues through March 20 in Nightingale Gallery in Loso Hall. For more information visit www.eou.edu/art. Winning artists’ works may also be viewed on the gallery’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NightingaleGallery.