ONW artist wins KS Grand Prize!

johanna's KAEA youth art winnerPlease help us congratulate and celebrate Johannah Cairns, 12th grade ONW, in her artful accomplishments at Youth Art Month on 3/5/2016  where she won the Grand Prize for Kansas.  Every art teacher in Kansas was allowed an entry for this one day art show at the capitol building in Topeka.  Sargent Art Supply sponsored the prizes for the art show.  The Grand Prize includes an assortment of art supplies for the student and the teacher.  Also Johannah, her parent, and art teacher will be headed to New York this summer for an all-expenses paid for a recognition ceremony and art exploration.

Here are Johannah’s thoughts on her piece – American Dream:

Johanna&artMy piece American Dream is a part of my concentration for my AP Studio Art. My concentration is the way that growing up in a city affects the way people develop. I wanted to represent the independence of city youth and how each person takes what they learn and use it to become individuals within a large population. This piece represents myself as an artist that grew up in a small town then was able to experience the city with new eyes when I moved to St. Louis, Missouri as a young child. I saw the people who reflected what it meant to be in the city and I admired them. I admired the strength I saw in the people who grew up without the sheltering that small towns or suburbs provide. They were edgy and unique and not afraid to accept who they were. This artwork is a representation of the independence and confidence that I hope to gain through life and through my art.

Thanks for helping us celebrate Johannah and the art department!


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