Winners named in art competition

DOWNEY -- Thirty-eight students were announced last week as winners of the 2009 Los Angeles Student Art Competition, representing a collection of artwork by students in elementary, middle and high schools.The winning students, selected by judging committees from among hundreds of entries received from throughout the county, were chosen for their creativity, craftsmanship and use of media. In addition to winning gift certificates and other prizes, the young artists will have their pieces placed on public display at local venues. Twenty of the winning entries will be put on permanent display in the hallways and offices of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) in Downey. The other 18 winners will be featured as part of a display with other entries in three local shopping malls - including Stonewood Center - from March 7-22. LACOE held a recognition ceremony for its display artists Tuesday during a meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Education. Stonewood Center hosted its own reception last week. "The individual creativeness and impressive level of technical skills displayed by these student artists are a reminder of how important quality arts education programs are for our children," said Geraldine Walkup, the visual and performing arts program administrator for LACEO, which presented the program in partnership with the shopping malls and other sponsors. The competition, open to students of all grade levels from public and private schools, is among the largest student art contests of its kind in the state. ********** Published: March 13, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 47