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Edinboro University’s ‘Artistic Discovery 2012’ highlights outstanding regional high school talent

05/01/2012

EDINBORO, Pa. – Artistic talent.

Edinboro University and Congressman Mike Kelly have joined forces to “discover” some of the most talented high school artists in Kelly’s 3rd Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday evening at six o’clock in the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts, Edinboro Interim President James D. Moran and the University will host “An Artistic Discovery 2012,” sponsored by U.S. Representative Kelly, who will be in attendance. The event showcases the works of art students from local high schools throughout the seven-county 3rd Congressional District. 

Each year, members of the U.S. House of Representatives join together to recognize the artistic talents of America’s high school students in a nationwide art competition, with each member of the House sponsoring a local or regional contest within the individual congressional districts.

Recognition will be awarded Tuesday night to the winning first, second, third place and honorable mention submissions.

The work of the first place winner will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., along with the other first-place winners from competitions held across the country.  The first place winner will also receive airline tickets to Washington to attend the national reception during which the art entries will be displayed.

The works of the second- and third-place winners will be displayed in Congressman Kelly’s Washington office.

 Art education, part of Edinboro’s roots, is consistently one of the University’s largest programs with more than 1,000 majors and an expert, talented faculty in excess of 50 art professors.

This year, some 21 students from eight high schools in Kelly’s Congressional District – which includes all or parts of Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mercer, Venango, Butler and Armstrong Counties – submitted entries to “An Artistic Discovery 2012.”

The winners, to be formally announced Tuesday by Craig Grooms, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, include:

  • First Place: Madeline Beaumont, of Harbor Creek High School, for her work titled “The Most Interesting Frog in the World.”
  • Second Place: Lauren Spinneweber, of Butler Intermediate High School, for her artwork, “Dimension II.”
  • Third Place: Caitlin Gleason, of Erie’s Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy, for her work titled, “Deva.”
  • Honorable Mention: Lacey Rzodkiewicz, of Fort LeBoeuf High School, for her artwork titled “Knight.”

All students who entered artwork in the competition will also be recognized by President Moran and Congressman Kelly and presented with certificates of participation. They include:

  • Rachel Ahlgren, of Fort LeBoeuf High School, for her “Maul Meets Milk” artwork;
  • Jourdynn Burge, of Fort LeBoeuf High School, for her “Charcoal Still-Life” artwork;
  • Megan Cooper, of Villa Maria Academy, for her “Goody Two-Shoes” artwork;
  • Allison Gens, of Villa Maria Academy, for her “Beauty in Death” artwork;
  • Brooke Griffin, of Meadville Area Senior High School, for her “A Sign of Life” artwork;
  • Maggie Hoag, of Villa Maria Academy, for her “Man in the Mask” artwork;
  • Emalee Kedzierski, of Harbor Creek High School, for her “Ben Bruce, Guitarist of Asking Alexandria” artwork;
  • Emma Knight, of Villa Maria Academy, for her Still Life artwork;
  • Grace Lewis, of Villa Maria Academy, for her “Late Night Studying” artwork;
  • Victoria Manzano, of Villa Maria Academy, for her “Manny” artwork;
  • Elizabeth Mountain, of Erie First Christian Academy, for her “Feather in the Sand” artwork;
  • Abby Quinn, of Villa Maria Academy, for her “Create a Better World” artwork;
  • Michaela Ripley, of Slippery Rock Area High School, for her “Soaring Free” artwork;
  • Nichol Saurs, of Villa Maria Academy, for her “Reflection” artwork;
  • Alaina Schaffner, of Meadville Area High School, for her “Kokua” artwork;
  • Julia Trimble, of Harbor Creek High School, for her “White Collar” artwork; and,
  • Linnea Vose, of Butler Senior High School, for her “Cactus Caucus” artwork.

Tuesday’s 6 p.m. event is free and open to the public.