The creative dedication, prowess, and artistic abilities of Wasatch Academy students shined once again during the 47th annual Utah All-State High School Art Show hosted by the Springville Art Museum. The art show is a juried exhibition showcasing the best 11th-grade and 12th-grade artwork in the state of Utah. The jurors were impressed with the students’ innovation, creativity, and thoughtfulness and had a very difficult time narrowing the 1016 entries down to the 337 works that were accepted. Wasatch Academy students presented strong pieces that led to three students, Logan Hooper (Cash on the Barrel, tintype), Emmanuel Jauregui (Logan’s Last Supper, digital photography), Ami Konoike (Sushi Platter, stoneware), being recognized with various merits as part of the art show.
Konoike explains that the inspiration for her piece came from “Enjoying picture books that have extreme details when I was young. I wanted to make a piece that would make people stop by, bend down, watch, and imagine; just like the picture books I love. I also love sushi, and because American people are not familiar with how diverse sushi is, I wanted to introduce the famous types of sushi from my home country Japan.”
Students had two areas they could focus on to be eligible for entry:
- Original Artwork: Developed from personal experience, imagination, and direct observation; from multiple personal photographs or sketches.
- Adapted Concept: Artwork developed from other sources using multiple elements or photographs with personal interpretation to create a new perception.
The museum invited 12 professional artists and administrators to jury the artwork submitted this year. The jurors were divided into four groups: painting, drawing, 3D and mixed media, and photography/digital media.
Students Ami Konoike and Logan Hooper were each awarded one of the highest honors of the show, the Jurors’ Choice Award. The prestigious award allowed both students to be honored in a special ceremony hosted at the State Capitol on February 28. Although Konoike was honored with a top place award, she realized through the creation of her piece that “I am not artistic or creative, but can cover up some parts with craftsmanship and using more time than others.” She continues, “After I made the base, I used most of my lunchtime and afternoons to continually produce around 200 sushi pieces. I believe it took almost a month to finish.”
For Jauregui, “I learned more Photoshop techniques, I know how to work under pressure when things don’t go my way, and I think I find myself more content with my other pieces as I am growing to love each and every one of my works. It was a fun experience making this photo, many restless nights, and even had to stay up for a couple nights so that I could finish it on time, but overall I think I have grown from this piece, and I hope to do things similar to this in the future.”
Ceramics teacher and art show mentor, Laura Pernot states, “The Utah All-State High School Art Show is a fantastic opportunity for our visual art students to be recognized for their efforts. It is inspiring to see the caliber of work showcased and what our students are capable of.”
The students’ art will be on display at the Springville Museum of Art now through March 22.