Artfully crafted – two LWSD students win awards at state high school art show
Two students from Lake Washington School District were recognized for their artwork at the 48th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show on May 20. The show, hosted by Superintendent Chris Reykdal and OSPI Chief of Staff Tennille Jeffries-Simmons, celebrated young artists across the state. It was streamed virtually and had musical performances, a presentation by the Lummi Nation Blackhawk Singers, a student film and readings of ekphrastic poetry—poetry written about pieces from the show.
“This year, we saw incredible work by young artists grappling with this moment, from the global pandemic to racism and social injustice,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “Their work is a testament to the power of the arts, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to see and celebrate the work of our students.”
The show is the culmination of a statewide competition with regional winners from each regional educational service district (ESD) represented. Jurors’ Choice and Honorable Mention awards were selected by a panel of 20 jurors from across the state, including artists, museum educators, gallery owners, arts administrators and arts educators. Thirteen individuals and organizations selected state winners, which include Superintendent Reykdal and Governor Jay Inslee. Each award recipient will receive $200. They will also get a special glass trophy designed and made by students with Hilltop Artists and the Rochester High School Career & Technical Education program in recognition of their artistic excellence.
Below are the winners from LWSD:
- Anna Ignatovich, “Being (series)” | OSPI Staff Award
Lake Washington High School (Teacher: Dawn Wyatt)
- Lauren Butterworth, “Dressed Wounds” | WEA Award
Redmond High School (Teacher: Jordan Swain)