The top students’ art works were selected by high schools throughout the county to compete in the first annual show. There were approximately 110 contest entries this year. Winning works of art will be on display in the Superintendent’s office throughout the month of March in honor of National Youth Arts Month. Next month, the winners’ art will be on display at the Chico Museum on Salem Street. “I am impressed by the breadth of artistic talent of students in our county,” said BCOE Superintendent, Tim Taylor. “Our student artists brought great creativity, critical thinking, and talent to their art work. I am awestruck! We also are truly lucky that we have such dedicated art teachers who help our students cultivate their talents.”
Superintendent Taylor’s Visual and Performing Arts coordinator, Nancy Silva, created the art contest to show case the artistic gifts of students in grades 9-12 in the county as part of BCOE’s new Arts Initiative, designed to bring about a renaissance in arts education in Prek-12.
On February 24, a panel of Butte County art community members judged the entries based on originality and creativity; composition and design; and artistry and skill. The judges this year included David Tamori– Local Artist, Arts Advocate, Consultant, and retired OUHSD AP Art Instructor, Cris Guenter - CSUC Education Faculty- Art and Linda Watkins-Bennet Action News Now Anchor & Producer.
The “Best of Show” award was given to the student whose art submission garnered the highest score from all of the judges. Ryann Woods, a 10th grade student from Pleasant Valley High School, earned the “Best of Show” award for her piece entitled “Self-Portrait” in the high school Pencil/Ink/Charcoal category. Woods received a beautiful personalized plaque for her award. BCOE Arts Education Foundation contributors co-sponsored the event with BCOE.
First, Second, and Third place awards were given to the student winners in five categories: Pencil, Ink, and Charcoal; Paint & Pastel; Mixed Media; Digital Photography; and 3-Dimensional Art.
For a complete list of winners and their award winning art, please click here.
For more information contact:
Nancy Silva, Program Coordinator
VAPA Programs & Partnerships
Butte County Office of Education
Instructional Resource Center
5 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965