ELKINS — Winners of the second annual online Mountain Arts District High School Fine Art & Sculpture Contest were announced in mid-June by Scottie Wiest, president of the Mountain Arts District. The awards and the winners of this year’s contest are the following:
Ajuga Award: $100 to Laura Keene for “Betsy”
People’s Choice Award: $50 to Mateus Stitzinger for “Khonsu (The Traveler)”
Judge’s Choice Award: $50 to Sophia Gillispie for “Metamorphosis”
Judge’s Choice Award: $25 to Addison Berdine for “Untitled” Paper Mache
The Mountain Arts District announced the first art contest in June 2020 for only high school seniors.
The success of the first contest inspired Mountain Arts District to present the 2021 contest for all high school students in Randolph, Tucker, Barbour, Upshur, Nicholas and Pocahontas counties.
Students submitted their fine art and sculpture pieces to be displayed on the MAD website and social media pages over the weeks of June 1-14. The submissions with the most “likes” were selected as winners in the four cash awards.
The “Ajuga Award” was personally selected by Lisa Armstrong of Ajuga Design & Marketing. All submissions also continue to be displayed on the MADWV.com website.
“The board of the Mountain Arts District decided to continue to give high school students something to aspire to as they continued to be isolated from their teachers and friends. By engaging the students, we hoped to encourage them to keep up their skills and let them know that there are people in the community who truly care about them,” a Mountain Arts District press release states.