HHS student wins top honors, others have work displayed in Lansing Art Gallery competition

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Howell High School senior Natalie Jenks has been awarded the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship in the Lansing Art Gallery’s 2016 Art Scholarship Alert (ASA). ASA is a juried art exhibition and scholarship competition open to high school students in a nine-county area. The Sara Jane Venable Scholarship is the highest honor awarded. As the winner, Jenks will receive a $1,000 scholarship and have her work displayed during the Lansing Art Gallery’s ASA exhibition April 1-28.

Each year students are encouraged to submit a digital portfolio of original works of art to the ASA exhibition. A jury of art professions determines acceptance into the ASA exhibition and awards based on the quality, consistency and depth of work in the portfolio. Only 100 students are accepted into the ASA exhibition each year. Additionally, one portfolio at each grade level receives an ASA Portfolio Award and that student has multiple works displayed. All other accepted portfolios have one work displayed.

In addition to Jenks, 11 other Howell High School students were selected to have their artwork displayed as part of ASA. Those students are Jenna Berry, Katie Buyers, Vivian Houtari, Abigail Martin, Maddie Osgood, Anthony Pitera, Bri Randall, Kaden Staley, Josh Standley, Ben Stevens and Breanna Weems. Houtari’s portfolio was selected as the 10th grade ASA Portfolio Award winner. According to the Lansing Art Gallery’s website, both Osgood and Pitera’s artwork was also selected for an award, however, the award will not be announced until the ASA Student Reception and Awards Ceremony April 15.

The Lansing Art Gallery’s ASA exhibition runs April 1-28. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The ASA Student Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held April 17 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Lansing Art Gallery’s website at www.lansingartgallery.com.

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