Senior Stephen Welling won second best ceramic for a ceramic polar bear at the Lindenwood University Young Artists and their Teachers High School Art Show.
This year is the 20th year that WGHS has participated.
Lindenwood University displayed the artist’s pieces Nov. 20, through Dec. 5, at the J. Scheidegger Center for Arts. Pieces were judged by Lindenwood art teachers, and Lindenwood art department chairman John Troy announced the awards.
Lindenwood uses this competition and scholarships as a recruiting tool to attract the local high school talent.
Three WGHS students, Al Kellenberger, Nicolette Schnettgoecke and Stephen Welling, displayed pieces at Lindenwood. Welling is waiting on a call from Lindenwood about a scholarship.
Welling said he chose a polar bear because ”It seemed stable enough, the structure of it, I guess.”
The polar bear was an assignment he was given in Ceramics I, which he is currently taking. Welling also took Drawing and Painting I and II.
Welling hopes to get a scholarship and be able to attend college to become a professional artist. He wants to create representational art.
All art pieces will be on display at the high school after being displayed at Lindenwood.
Art teacher Andrew Throm said, “Students should be involved in art shows because it is important to understand the different types of competition.” A student having his/her work judged doesn’t have to be a negative if one doesn’t win, “but then it is also exciting if you do win.”
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