31 medals given to FHS artists at VASE competition

The regional Visual Arts Scholastic Event awards artists for their talented works and FHS’ Kyle Dickens is advancing to the State competition which takes place in April.

            Two first place medals were given to the following FHS artists: Daria Baranova, Sara Evans, Rachel Jensen, Emily Rives, Susannah Smith, Brenna Swietonioski, Hannah Tamplain.

            First place medals were given to the following FHS artists:  Lauren Allen, Kayla Andrews, Darby Blodgett, Caroline Collins, Kyle Dickens, Katerina Figert, Jacob Gardner, Shelbee Goodale-Brown,Lathanya Lakenes, Ryan Meyer, Andrew Morgan, Madeline Pertuis,  Rachel Mims, Claire Small, JessicaWaltenbaugh, Chanse Wegner, and Ross Wegner.

Texas Visual Art Scholastic Event will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in April 2014. The first VASE event was held in 1994 with justover 400 student entries. In 2013 the Texas VASE hosted 25 Regional High School events with 24,025 registered entries. 1,499 entries advanced to the State Event held in Bryan, Texas at Bryan High School, April 4-5.            

At the state event 1,065 artworks were awarded an All-State Superior Rating and 150 artworks were granted Distinguished Status with the coveted Gold Seal Award. In addition, 35 students were awarded scholarships based on works they created on-site at the State Event ScholarshipWorkshop. Scholarships ranged from $100 to $1,000.

The Texas ArtEducation Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event(VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation.Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork.

Only academically eligible high school students in grades 9-12 from throughout Texas can participate in VASE.

The artworks are juried by a team of certified adjudicators comprised of art educators, university instructors, and area artists.

Jurors will look for originality of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for visual art, and the interpretation of the student’s stated intent.