Western Governors Association (WGA) NEWS: Celebrate the West art competition winners discuss inspiration; register for Wednesday’s Chair Initiative launch event; growing battery storage in region powers renewables

The Western Governors’ Foundation is excited to announce the winners in the sixth annual Celebrate the West regional art competition, which challenged high school students to create two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state.

This year nearly 400 works of art from 19 WGA member states, as well as Guam, were entered in the competition sponsored by the Western Governors’ Foundation.

Isabella Tarantino from New Mexico won First Place for Beauty Draped in Gold and Crimson.

Shaw Y. Hu from Arizona won Second Place for Be Beautiful and Stay Strong!

Alain Soltys-Gray from Alaska won Third Place for Sunset at the Glacier.

Listen to the winners discuss their works in an Out West podcast episode

The Western Governors’ Foundation also announced the second recipient of its Chairman’s Award for Outstanding High School Art Teacher: Ron Canos from Yigo, Guam. Learn more.

You can see all the winning works in the slideshow below, as well as a complete list of state Finalists.

Here are the state Finalists in the fifth annual Celebrate the West competition:

Alaska: Alain Soltys-Gray, Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, Sunset at the Glacier, acrylic paint

Arizona: Shaw Y. Hu, Basis Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Be Beautiful and Stay Strong!, oil paint

California: Daniel Roman, Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Father to Son, digital painting

Northern Mariana Islands: Mikyla Capalad, Kagman High School in Saipan, Saipan’s Starry Night, mixed media

Colorado: Alan Smith-Daigle, Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Red River, acrylic paint

Guam: Jessel Pantaleon, Simon Sanchez High School in Tamining, Untitled, mixed media

Hawaii: Dianne Marie Cabico, Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Heart of Hawaii, digital painting

Idaho: Taelyn Baiza, North Junior High in Boise, Rocky Mountain Wildlife, prismacolor colored pencils

Kansas: Sydney Fisher, International Virtual Learning Academy in Marysville, Three Little Chickens, conte crayon and pastel

Montana: Camille Bradley, Cut Bank High School in Cut Bank, Escape to 406, acrylic paint     

Nevada: Lyssie Brown, The Davidson Academy of Nevada in Sparks, Sunset in the Sierra Nevadas, digital painting

New Mexico: Isabella Tarantino, Cibola High School in Albuquerque, Beauty Draped in Gold and Crimson, colored  pencils

North Dakota: Sydney Berg, Homeschool in Driscoll, The Rain We’ve Needed, oil paints 

Oklahoma: Parker Schovanec, Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid, In Our Hands, soft pastels and prisma colors

Oregon: Holly Anne Doughton, Baker Charter School in Jefferson, That’s Gonna Hurt!, colored pencil and white gel pen

South Dakota: Hannah Hofer, Homeschool in Colton, Wrought by the Land, graphite pencil

Utah: Ingrid Payne, Grand County High School in Moab, Grace, Graphite and charcoal 

Washington: Celine Min, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, The People of the Inside, acrylic paint

Wyoming: Austin Petty, Rawlins High School in Rawlins, The 190, Graphite

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