Two students at Broadalbin-Perth High School recently earned national recognition for their submissions to the 2017-18 Crayola Art Expo, “Art Energizes STEAM.” Junior Jacqueline Hilliard was named one of just 30 finalists nationwide, while junior Kobe Waldvogel received an honorable mention.
The exhibition committee said that Hilliard’s piece, Stepping Into the Arctic, “showed a true connection to the theme, had stunning visual appeal, presented age-appropriate critical thinking and responded to the theme with originality.” Hilliard’s written description that accompanied her entry explained that “boots influenced by polar bear paws could be beneficial to people traveling in arctic regions” because “polar bears have fur between their toes” that provides traction and “the size of their paws allows for even distribution and stability.” Her artwork depicts a polar bear next to boots that are incorporated into the arctic scenery.
Hilliard’s original work will be sent to Crayola contest officials, who will have it professionally framed for display at the U.S. Department of Education. Hilliard will receive a customized plaque with a replica of her artwork, and both she and her teacher, Crisan Anadio, will receive $200 worth of Crayola products.
Waldvogel’s piece, “InnoPODS,” depicts a virtual workspace of the future that uses “a steampunk fusion of technology and fantasy.” Along with the honorable mention, Waldvogel will have the opportunity to have his work featured in future Crayola education resources and he will receive a Crayola gift pack.
The annual Crayola Art Expo is open to students in pre-K through grade 12, and the contest received more than 1,600 entries this year. Students in grades 10-12 chose to address one of three themes: Architecture, Biomimicry, or Game Design. Hilliard addressed biomimicry in her award-winning design, which challenged young artists to “sketch the announcement of a new college degree program based on biomimicry… visually engage future students to pique their interest in taking design courses where inventions are based on natural inspiration… and write the description that will be used to interest students in this new program.” Waldvogel addressed architecture, which challenged participants to “design a work space for the future… sketch the building considering efficiency, aesthetics, and interaction with the environmental ecosystem… and write a review of the building from the perspective of a business that moves employees into this new work space.”