On Feb. 9, Liberty Christian students received awards for their creative talents at the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) in Region 11N. All 15 students earned a top rating of IV and medaled.
A selection of students even advanced to the state competition in San Marcos on April 27–28, including seniors Meredith Cole and Kate Stidham, sophomore Kate Duininck, and freshmen Amalya Graham and Colin Park.
“I could not be more proud of these students!” said art teacher Joanna Mann “The quality of the art exhibited was incredible, and I am so thrilled that a high percentage of our students will advance to the state competition.”
As a sponsored visual arts event, the regional competition recognized the highest caliber of high school student artwork. The judges encouraged students to differentiate their art and express their talent in the most unique way possible.
In the TAEA portion of the event, thousands of pieces were evaluated and given a rating from I to IV. Artwork that received a IV moved to the VASE section of the competition where the artwork was further analyzed. A small selection of the VASE artwork qualified for state. Liberty art students were ecstatic about receiving this top honor and look forward to exhibiting their artwork at the state competition.
Senior Kate Stidham expressed her excitement for the event and her state qualification, saying, “Getting to compete at VASE was such an amazing opportunity. I am so glad Mrs. Mann encouraged all of us to work hard and make our art the best it could be.
“It feels so rewarding to be recognized, and I can’t wait to move onto the state competition!”