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May 26, 2017
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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts High School Area Show exhibit
Visitors examine art at a High School Area Show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Photo via fb.com

A group of teens in the region have won $600,000 total in scholarships to six Midwest art institutions.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, or KIA, hosted its 36th-annual High School Area Show last month to celebrate and display the work of 90 artists from 25 high schools in Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.

The art exhibition featured prize winners selected by Julie Tourtillotte, professor of art at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

“The high quality of the submissions required me to make difficult decisions, so I congratulate each of the student artists who are included,” Tourtillotte said. “The works were selected for their originality, conceptual strength and technical quality. I was impressed not only by the caliber of the artwork, but by the range of media, subjects and ideas explored.”

After reviewing digital entries from the participating students in advance, representatives from six higher education institutions attended the event and handed out additional awards and scholarships valued at more than $600,000.

The schools include the Cleveland Institute of Art, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Stamps School of Art and Design at University of Michigan, Kendall School of Art and Design, Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University and Kirk Newman Art School at the KIA.

For the fourth year, the exhibition also partnered with the 6th Congressional District to select a representative for the Congressional Art Competition. Cameron Hoogstraten, of Otsego High School, won the honor for her work, “Native American Dancer,” a digital illustration that will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year. Hoogstraten will also receive round-trip airfare for two to Washington, D.C. to see her work on display.

All of the student work is on display through June 4 at KIA.

Each exhibiting artist was awarded a family membership to KIA through the end of the summer.

KIA awards

Juror’s Award, $100

Eli Hart, Portage Northern High School

Erica Heathcote, St. Joseph High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

Erin Kirkpatrick, Kalamazoo Central High School

Willa Kuttner, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Alexandra Ziebarth, Water Street Glassworks

Juror’s Honorable Mentions

Taylor Bell, Schoolcraft High School

Sarah Brabon, Vicksburg High School

Bella Chadwick, Portage Northern High School

Evangeline Contreras, Van Buren Technology Center

Jaymie Daniel Gapayao, Vicksburg High School

Anthony Fund, Three Rivers High School

Samuel Gonzales, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Cameron Hansen, Kirk Newman Art School

Cameron Hoogstraten, Otsego High School

Madeline Jump, Portage Central High School

Nchuyekeh Mba, Portage Northern High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Madison McAllister, Portage Central High School

Lili Mead, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Hanna Norland, St. Joseph High School

Haley Rich, St. Joseph High School

Emily Roth, St. Joseph High School

Courtney Shinaberry, St. Joseph High School

Samantha Veltrie, Three Rivers High School

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central High School

Scholarship award winners

Cleveland Institute of Art pre-college summer program scholarships

Makala Carr, Centreville High School

Emma Neuser, St. Joseph High School

Alexandra Ziebarth, Water Street Glassworks

Cleveland Institute of Art four-year scholarships

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Sarah Wheaton, Paw Paw High School

Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University, Portfolio Camp scholarships

Makala Carr, Centreville High School

Cameron Hoogstraten, Otsego High School

Emma Neuser, St. Joseph High School

Kendra Eaton, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Lili Mead, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Haley Rich, St. Joseph High School

Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University, Seniors for $cholarship awards

Evangeline Contreras, Van Buren Tech Center

Jaymie Daniel Gapayao, Vicksburg High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

Eli Hart, Portage Northern High School

Maggie Palmiter, Watervliet High School

Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, four-year scholarships

Kendra Eaton, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central High School

Emma Neuser, St. Joseph High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Alexandria Seybold, Portage Northern High School

Madison McAllister, Portage Central High School

Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, BFA Preview pre-college scholarship

Kendra Eaton, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design full-ride scholarship

Erica Heathcote, St. Joseph High School

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Presidential Scholarship Award

 Hanna Norland, St. Joseph High School

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design BFA Admissions Scholarship Awards

Emily Roth, St. Joseph High School

Haley Rich, St. Joseph High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Sarah Wheaton, Paw Paw High School

Kirk Newman Art School, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, scholarships for a summer class

Erin Kirkpatrick, Kalamazoo Central High School

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central High School

Samantha Veltrie, Three Rivers High School

Sierra Stevens, Vicksburg High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

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