Jan 31, 2023

Hutch High Students win art awards

Posted Jan 31, 2023 2:17 PM

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. โ€” Students at Hutchinson High School have been recognized for their outstanding ceramic art pieces at the Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art and Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Youth Artists and Writers. 

Six students from Hutchinson High School were selected for recognition at this year's awards, with seniors George Hoffman and Nolan Wallsten receiving Silver Keys, the second-highest honor that can be earned.

According to the Mark Arts website, โ€œThe Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition showcases select artwork created by middle school and high school students from 70 Kansas counties. The Scholastic Art Awards are the largest and longest-running recognition program for young artists in the United States, identifying and rewarding students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement. Participants, supported by their visual arts teachers and other community mentors, create and submit their best works of art. Each work is reviewed by a panel of art professionals for originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal vision.โ€

George Hoffman received a Silver Key for their work titled โ€œBlue-Collar.โ€ Hoffman said it was a simple process to create, but took time to get just right. 

โ€œI studied facial features for this piece. I started with a newspaper bust, then I put clay on top of it and painted it before putting it into the kiln. Iโ€™ve been interested in art since I was really young, and itโ€™s a way for me to get my creative thinking out. Getting an award for my art was great validation because I have been trying to get better,โ€ said Hoffman.