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SSHS Art Students Earn Big Awards At Tyler Museum Of Art High School Exhibition

Two of the six art students from Philip Dick’s advanced classes at Sulphur Springs High School who entered artwork in the 17th Annual High School Art Exhibition at the Tyler Museum of Art have earned some big awards 2021 exhibition, SSISD Fine Arts Coordinator Cindy Welch announced Thursday morning.

“To have two winners from the same school and the same teacher is a new outcome for us,” stated Museum Director Chris Leahy.

Senior Art 4 student Alex Rodriguez won Best in Show. Alex entered a mixed media portrait of a student wearing a mask and walking down a hallway made up of masks. Leslie Elizondo, senior Art 4 student, won a Merit of Honor. Leslie entered a self-portrait painting, depicting the experience of a virtual student working at home behind a laptop.

“Congratulations to Dr. Dick and to Alex and Leslie!  Well Done!” Welch said.

SSHS art students Wiley Bennett, Jamie Cervantes, Jermain Cleveland and Zoe Westlund also submitted work they created this year in the contest.

Since 2005, the juried competition has offered senior-level art students throughout the region their first opportunity for a full museum exhibition. This year, 75 students from 13 High Schools and 8 counties entered works of art. Four outstanding works have been selected by the jurors, including an overall Best in Show, as well as three Honorable Mentions.

SSHS Art students Rodriguez and Elizondo will receive two of the four awards that will be given at a closing reception on May 16 at the Museum.

One additional award, a People’s Choice Award, will also be announced at the reception. Contest organizers invited all to the Tyler Museum of Art to vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. The Student Art Exhibit continues Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. through May 16 at Tyler Museum of Art. General admission to the museum is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; and free for museum members, students, children under 12, and employees of Tyler Junior College and the City of Tyler.

Additional information about the Exhibit, can be found on the museum website or by clicking:

(Left) SSHS Art students Leslie Elizondo and Alex Rodriguez holding art they completed in class this year., (right) their award-winning artwork
(Photo Courtesy Of SSISD Fine Art Department)

Author: Faith Huffman

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