Students show off artwork at local contest

Mukilteo Art Contest features digital and 2D art


Last updated 1/29/2020 at 11:46am

Madeline Coats

Olivia Pak won second place for the middle/high school 2D category of the Mukilteo Art Contest. Her creation "Happy Dogs" was done with watercolor and pastels.

Puppies, landscapes, portraits, flowers, shapes, powerful messages, and much more.

Young artists participated in the third annual Mukilteo Art Contest at Rosehill Community Center Jan. 26. The art contest was organized by the Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee (MYCA).

The contest focused on two age categories: elementary and middle/high school. Students in grades K-5 competed with 2D artwork only, whereas the older artists submitted both 2D and digital work.

"We have wonderful judges who gave their time and expertise to judge all of the piece of art that were submitted," Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said.

Jenn Charoni is a nonprofit program manager and educator from South Seattle. She has worked with various arts and education nonprofits throughout the area. Gregerson said Charoni believes in the power and magic of youth.

Rayna Mathis is an educator of color at the Seattle Art Museum. She is dedicated to museum work that revolves around making more spaces "equitable, empowering, and unapologetic."

For the first time, all elementary artists were also considered for an Inspiring Young Artist award based on their description of what inspired them to create a specific piece of art.

Out of 12 contestants for the elementary category, fifth grader Claire Kim won the Aspiring Artist award for her drawing "Biscuit the Dog." In her description, Claire said she was inspired to draw her friend's new dog after her parents said she could not have one. She decided to draw the puppy in hopes of one day having a similar one.

Three fourth graders earned top rankings in the elementary age group. Sarah Kim won first place for her piece "Before Sunset." Amy Wang earned second place for "Crazy World." Hannah Ren placed third for her work "Points of View."

Out of the middle/high school students, about 44 of them participated in the 2D art division. Senior Lina Chai won first place for her piece "Bitter Bitter." Eighth grader Olivia Pak earned second place for her creation "Happy Dogs." Seventh grader Lulu Ji placed third for "Tea Party."

About 24 students submitted digital art at the contest. First place was awarded to senior Shane Morill for his work "Dorito." Junior Javan Harrison placed second for the piece "Frozen Flowers." Senior Cobi Stancik earned third place for his creation "Plunging into the Endless Depths of Imagination."

Middle and high school students earned cash rewards for first, second, and third place. Elementary winners received art supplies for placing at the contest.

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said the winning art work will be displayed on the City's website throughout February and March.

Madeline Coats

Students displayed their personal art at Rosehill Community Center Jan. 26. The contest featured digital and 2D artwork.


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