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Ellensburg sophomore receives award at OSPI's statewide art show

"Brother" pencil portrait We have a statewide winner from our region at OSPI's Superintendent's High School Art Show!  Each of the 15 juried awards at the statewide show will be purchased for $200 from the winning students and will become displayed in OSPI’s permanent collection. 

Lucia Beck, a 10th grade student from Ellensburg High School, is one of the five recipients of a "Judges' Choice" award at this year's state show in Olympia.  Her artwork, a graphite portrait titled “Brother” (pictured here), advanced to the OSPI show after being named as one of the six Regional Award winners at the Educational Service District 105 Regional High School Art Show that was held during March at Yakima’s Junior Achievement World.  Beck is a student of Ellensburg High School art teacher Darrin Walter.

This is also the second consecutive year that one of Beck’s art entries has appeared in the OSPI statewide show of student work.  As a 9th grader last year, Beck created a self-portrait charcoal drawing that was part of the 2017 edition of OSPI’s student show.

OSPI’s statewide show opened on March 30 at the OSPI building in Olympia and will remain on display there through June 1 during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

The awards reception for the state exhibit will be held in Olympia on Friday, May 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.     

The OSPI show features 121 entries that advanced from nine juried regional student exhibits that occurred throughout the state earlier this spring.  In addition to the five receiving a Judges’ Choice award at the state show, the OSPI exhibit presents nine other award categories that each involve one honorarium award.  Another eight entries this year are receiving certificates as Honorable Mention winners. 

Take a look at EVERY WINNER from the OSPI's statewide show here.

And, see ALL of the entries at the OSPI show from each of Washington's nine ESDs here. 

A total of six entries representing south central Washington advanced to the OSPI show from the 45th annual ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show that was hosted at Yakima’s JA World during March.  The other ESD 105 regional entries currently on display at this year’s OSPI show in Olympia are:

  • “Eyes of Curiosity”, a graphite, charcoal, and pastel portrait by Goldendale High School 12th grader Gabrielle Guthrie, a student of art teacher Scott Gray.
  • “Piano”, a mixed media picture by West Valley High School 12th grader Emilee Black, a student of art teacher Grant Johnston.
  • “The Golden Hour”, digital photography by West Valley High School 12th grader Katrina Sybouts, a student of art teacher Grant Johnston.
  • “Kohaku”, a mixed media ceramic sculpture by Toppenish High School 12th grader Mallery Durey, a student of art teacher Laura Wise.
  • “Dendritic”, black and white digital photography by Eisenhower High School 12th grader Kaitlyn Ditter, a student of Lance Johnson.

Ric Pilgrim presenting Regional Award to Lucia Beck (Pictured:  ESD 105 assistant superintendent Ric Pilgrim presenting Regional Award during the ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show to Ellensburg's Lucia Beck.)