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Prairie Arts Council announces scholarship recipients

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 2:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 7, 2013 2:08 p.m. CDT
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Deb Young (from left), Prairie Arts Center president, presents Samantha Krieger and her art teacher, Sheila Heth, and Jacquie Wallaert and her teacher, Karen Klopcic, with certifcates. Samantha was the winner of the 2013 Art Schoarship competition and Jacquie was the runner-up.

PRINCETON — The Prairie Arts Council has awarded prizes in its 2013 Art Scholarship Competition, given this year in honor of Julia McCutchan, who is retiring from the board of directors after 14 years of service.

The winner of the $1,000 scholarship was Samantha Krieger, a graduate of Bureau Valley High School. Her high school art teacher was Sheila Heth. Samantha will attend Central College in Pella, Iowa, this fall, working toward her bachelor’s degree in art. The jurors were impressed by the variety of media and subject present in her work, the bold use of color and scale, the command of the principles of design, and by the very personal, creative approach her work demonstrated.

The first-place runner-up was Jacquie Wallaert, a graduate of Hall High School and student of Karen Klopcic. Jacquie will attend Dominican University in River Forest, working toward a double major in apparel design and merchandising. She will receive a $200 award. The jurors noted the unique variety of media present in her work, as well as the good use of color, and strong technical ability.

Competitors were judged by the submission of original works. These were evaluated by a panel of jurors on the basis of overall quality, involving artistic content, originality and excellence of execution.

Competition director and PAC member N. Dana Collins stated, “The jurors were very impressed by the high level of artistic quality represented in the scholarship applicants. We hope to show their work along with future art scholarship recipients in coming years at the Prairie Art Center. We look forward to showing our community the wonderful efforts of our many outstanding art students.”

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