Six Mid-Columbia art students took top honors at the state's 38th Annual Superintendent's High School Art Show.
Four of those wins were by Richland High art students, one from Kamiakin High School and one from Walla Walla High School, said Robert McMinn, an art instructor at Richland.
"Of the 14 awards given at the state level, Richland, Walla Walla and Kamiakin took six of the awards," McMinn said.
The results show how committed Tri-City area school districts are to continuing to pay for K-12 arts programs, he said.
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"For our district, the continuing funding of K-12 arts has provided us with students able and willing to meet the challenges of creating higher level art," McMinn said. "This is a direct result of a philosophy (the school district) adopted years ago. It was intended to show students and the community the importance of the arts by getting as many students involved as possible.
"In partnering with Columbia Basin College, we were able to provide students with a venue where their art could be seen by the community in a professional setting."
The winners are:
-- Erica Erwin of Richland High won the Superintendent's Award for her photograph called Cherry Bliss.
-- Abbey McMinn, 16 of Richland High won the Professional Educator Standards Board Award for her ceramic and wood sculpture titled Arbor Solitario.
-- Madison Filan, 18, of Walla Walla, won the State Board of Education Choice Award for her 3-D piece called Grass Land.
-- Asya Gubskaya, 16, of Richland High, won the ArtsEd Washington Award for her black and white piece titled The Goat.
-- Tyler Ekstrom, 18, of Kamiakin High, won the Judges' Choice Award for his clay creation titled Forever Fall.
-- Rose Lucas, 15, of Richland High, won the Washington State School Directors Association Award for her clay tiles with wood frame piece titled Radiant Ripples.
A state reception for the winning artists is from 2 to 4 p.m. May 20. The art work exhibition begins May 18 at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia.
The winning pieces also become property of the OSPI offices and will remain on display at the capitol.
To see the artwork visit: bit.ly/schoolart