2016 MSAA Award Winners
Wayzata High School students have won 43 awards in the 2016 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards, the longest-running, most prestigious national art competition.
The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards is broken into three categories: Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Over 4,000 submissions were submitted this year with students at Wayzata High School winning 14 Gold Keys, 13 Silver Keys and 16 Honorable Mention.
Gold: Kai Dranchak (drawing), Laurier Dubeau (drawing), Frank Fetrow (design), Kass Mossefin * (design), Maria Palamino (drawing), Sara Pauly (digital art), Rachel Pearson (drawing), Mariah Schmidt (drawing), Claire Reid (painting), and Zoie Zimmerman (digital art)
Silver: Heidi Donner (photography), Joe Kottke (photography), Katie Mehr (drawing), Maria Palomino (drawing), Sara Pauly (photography), Rachel Pearson (drawing), Claire Reid (painting and drawing), Mariah Schmidt (drawing and illustration), and Marali Singaraju (photography), and Rebecca Wallinga (design).
Honorable Mention: Mandy Behling (ceramics), Evelyn Birnbaum (drawing), Frank Fetrow (design), Jillian Hamer (painting), Jeff Johnson (design), Katie Mehr (drawing), Alexandra Morris (drawing), Noelle Polis (ceramics), Kate Van Horn (drawing), Anna Van Orsow (design), Rebecca Wallinga (design), Madelyn Wood (painting), and Mariah Schmidt (drawing).
Gold Key award-winning work is automatically entered into the National Awards competition in New York. Senior Mariah Schmidt received a national silver medal in drawing and illustration. National awards will be presented at Carnegie Hall in May.
The Scholastic Art Awards are designed to foster creative expression by secondary students and to recognize and encourage achievement in the creative arts by offering visibility and scholarships. The awards represent work from a broad range of art disciplines including digital art, drawing and painting, crafts, sculpture and photography.
The exhibition of student artwork was on display at the Regis Center for Art on the University of Minnesota campus and students received their awards at a ceremony held at the Weisman Art Museum on Saturday, February 20. The award winning works are currently on display in Wayzata High Schools’ Fine Arts display case in the D-Wing of the building.
* Kassandra Mossefin also received a $3,500 summer scholarship to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.