WHS students honored in the Maine Region Scholastic Art Awards

The Wells High School Art Department announced that eleven students have won a combined total of 17 awards in the annual 2022 Maine Region Scholastic Art Awards, the first step for students aspiring to advance in the National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards contest. Their artwork was evaluated by a panel of judges based on the criteria of originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. The Maine Region Scholastic Art Awards is sponsored by the Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) in Portland.

“Congratulations to our student award winners”, commented Art teacher Emily Knight in an email when listing this year’s winners. According to Knight, the awards received were in the categories of Ceramics and Glass, Comic Art, Digital Art, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Jewelry, Drawing & Illustration, and Film & Animation.

The students and their awards are as follows: Evan Brouillard - Silver Key in Jewelry; Anavi Curtiss - Silver Key in Digital Art, Film & Animation and Comic Art, plus two Honorable Mentions in Comic Art; Lauren Dunham - Silver Key and Honorable Mention in Photography; Lily Heyland - Honorable Mention in Photography; Elle Meffert - Honorable Mention in Photography and Digital Art; Rosie Norton - Honorable Mention in Sculpture; Lindsay Plourde - Silver Key in Ceramics & Glass; Savannah Ratliff - Honorable Mention in Film & Animation; El Richard - Honorable Mention in Drawing & Illustration; Tanya Thakong - Honorable Mention in Mixed Media; and Kambrie Thompson - Silver Key in Painting.

All of the students mentioned above, except for Evan Brouillard and Savannah Ratliff, are students of Knight. Brouillard and Ratliff are students of WHS Art teacher Meredith Radford.

To view a selection of 2022 Gold and Silver Key winning artwork submitted by students from around the southern portion of Maine visit a virtual gallery through the Maine College of Art at: https://www.meca.edu/info-for/educators/maine-region-art-awards/2022-scholastics-gallery/

“Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.” (Source: meca.edu.)

An example of one of the WHS entries titled, “Tripot”, is a Silver Key award winner in the category of Ceramics & Glass by Lindsay Plourde.