Woodlawn Academy of Art Announces Art Contest Winners – Shaw Local – cialisdfr
Woodlawn Academy of Art Announces Art Contest Winners – Shaw Local
Woodlawn Academy of Art Announces Art Contest Winners – Shaw Local

STERLING – Woodlawn Academy of the Arts hosted the opening of the 15th annual Student-Teacher Art Show on Friday, February 23rd. More than 300 community members attended to view more than 120 submissions from surrounding schools. Here is a list of the winners of the 2024 Student-Teacher Art Exhibition.

  • “Sweet Reflection,” a Prismacolor crayon by Zayley B., a freshman at Morrison High School, won first place in the grades 9-12 category.
  • First place in the 5-8th grade category went to “Shakira the Giraffe,” an oil pastel piece by Sierra W., a seventh-grader at Morrison Junior High.
First place in the 5-8th grade category went to
  • Jovi F., a first-grader at Franklin Elementary School, Sterling, won first place in the K-4 category with his mixed media piece called “Under the Sea.”
Jovi F., a first-grader at Franklin Elementary School, Sterling, won first place in the K-4 category with his mixed media piece called

Voting took place in person at the opening of the exhibition and then on the academy’s Facebook page during the first two weeks of the exhibition, with the public ‘liking’ or ‘loving’ the images of their choice. More than 7,300 votes were cast in person and on Facebook.

Top 12 finish:

  • “All Eyes on Me,” tape, Landon C., Jr., Morrison High School, second place, grades 9-12.
  • “Glimmering Greens,” multimedia, Leah S., eighth grade, Morrison Junior High, second place, grades 5-8.
  • Sunflower, tempera paint and oil pastel, Jacqueline C., first grade, Jefferson Elementary, Sterling, second place, grades K-4.
  • Aviators, ink pen, Anna B., sophomore, Morrison High, third place, grades 9-12.
  • “Gerald,” The Angry Neighbor, oil pastel, Kay-Lee M., seventh grade, Morrison Middle School, third place, grades 5-8.
  • “Mighty Meat Mountain,” Collage, Nora L., fourth grade, Washington Elementary, Sterling, third place, grades K-4.
  • Purple Heart Painted Ceramics Ava P., Jr., Sterling High School, Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12.
  • Dream House Colored Pencil, Aria R., Fifth Grade, Washington Elementary, Sterling, Honorable Mention, Grades 5-8.
  • “Wild Thing,” colored pencil, Payton M., third grade, West Carroll Primary, Savanna, honorable mention, grades K-4.

Beginning in early 2025, the winning entries will be featured on banners along the First Avenue Bridge between Sterling and Rock Falls through a partnership between the academy, the city of Sterling and Sterling Main Street. In addition to the winning entries, the Woodlawn Arts Academy team selected six additional submissions to be featured on banners:

  • “Moth,” watercolor and ink, Nivea N., ninth grade, Ashton-Franklin Center High School, Ashton.
  • “Star Sky Beach,” tempera paint, Starlyn E., fifth grade, West Carroll Primary, Savanna.
  • “Digital Portrait,” Digital Painting, Salena M., seventh grade, Challand Middle School, Stirling.
  • The end of the beginning…, Mixed Media, Zy MW, Sr., Rock Falls High School.
  • “Me on a Summer’s Day,” mixed media, Eliana W., Kindergarten, Dillon Elementary School, Rock Falls.
  • “Distortion,” watercolor, Josie H., senior, Sterling High School.

The art exhibit will be on display during regular business hours through April 26 and is free and open to the public. Woodlawn Arts Academy is an agency of the United Way of Whiteside and Lee counties and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Details on Academy programming and financial aid applications are available at the Academy office or on the website at www.woodlawnartsacademy.com. The Academy’s programs are partially funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and The Chicago Community Foundation.

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