The Beaver Dam Area Arts Association will celebrate the work of teenagers during the annual Area High School Art Exhibit in March.
Selected works from eight area schools will be featured at the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts through March 25.
Mediums showcased throughout the building include sculpture, watercolor and acrylic painting, charcoal, photography, pen and ink, mixed media and more. Instructors from each participating school choose the best work from art students to represent their departments.
Schools joining the exhibit this year are Beaver Dam, Central Wisconsin Christian, Columbus, Dodgeland, Fall River, Hustiford, Waupun and Wayland Academy. The show opened Sunday with an awards presentation. Multiple scholarships were given to innovative and talented student artists.
Three judges from outside the area evaluate the students’ work. Students submit two pieces each, preferably in two different mediums, and write essays about themselves and their art.
BDAAA Executive Director Jessalyn Braun said works may be selected to receive an award for a variety of reasons, from displaying technical skill; to demonstrating a new way of treating a medium or an idea; to evoking a particularly strong emotion or intellectual question. All awards not only pay homage to those who have created prize-winning works of art, but also provide incentive for students to continue to explore their artistic sides in high school and beyond.
Twenty senior scholarship entries were eligible for the prestigious Bertha M. Proctor Memorial Purchase Award. The award, hosted by the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association, was put into place by Allen Proctor, who in his mother’s honor asked that each year, recognition and monetary incentive be given to artwork that in some way features nature, gardens or flowers — three subjects close to her heart.
Dodgeland High School senior Jamie Addison earned the Bertha M. Proctor Memorial Purchase Award. Addison submitted an acrylic painting, “Field of Remembrance” and a clay project, “Seminole.” She received $500 for her exceptional artwork. The works of previous Proctor Award winners are also on display during the Area High School Art Exhibit.
Wayland Academy student Elizabeth Kane earned the Daily Citizen Merit Award. Columbus High School student Destiney Elder-Hall earned the Jerome H. Kamps Merit Award. Beaver Dam High School student Devin Mack earned the Bev Beal-Loeck and Steve Loeck Merit Award.
BDAAA exhibits are always free and may be viewed during regular business hours on Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at 1605 N. Spring St., Beaver Dam.