Cameras flashed and young faces beamed as the winning student artists in the 2012 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art were honored both collectively and individually by Hoosier Salon, state’s premier arts organization, at a special reception Sept. 29 at the Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis.
Thirteen of the 22 students whose works appear in the calendar attended the reception. The contest, sponsored and coordinated by Electric Consumer and Indiana’s REMCs last March, produced 13 grade division winners (kindergarten through 12th), and nine honorable mention winners from all grades. The calendar is now available at participating REMC/REC offices around the state.
Donnae Dole, executive director of Hoosier Salon, congratulated each student and talked to each about her interest in art and winning work at the reception.
“This is a great opportunity for young artists to work their art and show their art,” said Chi-jen Fang, an art instructor from West Lafayette who’s tutored a number of calendar contest winners over the years, including four in the 2012 calendar.
Both Fang and Christi Ziebarth, an art teacher and mother of sixth grade winner Heidi Ziebarth, noted the contest is about much more than just awards. Ziebarth said each grade winner represents hundreds of excited students around the state, and parents and teachers who thought about art and themes, and worked on drawings and paintings for the contest.
“This is not about winning or losing,” said Fang. “This is about art. The great thing is how you do it. The process is the thing.”
The group of students, families and teachers were also greeted by representatives from the Governor’s Residence, Hoosier Salon and Indiana’s REMCs. The Great Frame Up donated half the cost of professionally framing each piece.
This marks the second year of a partnership between Hoosier Salon and Indiana’s electric cooperatives.
After the reception, the 22 pieces of student art began a tour of the Hoosier Salon’s three art galleries and will be on hand for Indiana Statewide REC’s annual meeting this month in Indianapolis. The works are scheduled to travel to the Hoosier Salon galleries in Wabash and New Harmony.