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High School Artists Selected to Showcase Art in Madison

Sheboygan North and South High School art students have works that will be on display at the Capitol Rotunda in Madison as part of Youth Art Month (YAM), an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs.

Established in 1961 and sponsored by the Council for Art Education, Inc., YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. Art education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills.

Exhibiting works of art are North High students Libby Schmitz, Justin Thao and Sara Chang from Sheboygan North High School (teacher Frank Juarez) and Sheboygan South students Sara Wiemann, Devan Brown, and Peng Yang from Sheboygan South High School (teacher Carol Rokicki) and also from South, Kris Harmelink (teacher Linda Badtke).

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by Libby Schmitz

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by Peng Yang

These students' work will be advancing to a state-wide art competition in Madison.

The annual Wisconsin Youth Art Month Ceremony will be held on March 20, 2009, at noon in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton is the Honorary Chairperson for this event celebrating the Wisconsin Art student. The YAM art exhibit featuring artwork by preK-12 grade Wisconsin Art students will be on display in the Rotunda from March 7-20.

During this celebration, that "honors the act of creating" by Wisconsin's art students, the W. T. Graham awards will be presented to 42 students along with artistic merit awards in each of the states six Regions from Sax Arts and Crafts, Nasco, and the Department of Public Instruction. The student designers of the state YAM flag, the artwork used on the program cover and the conference artwork will be honored with certificates and art materials.

The formal award ceremony will feature a musical performance from the Northland Pines Intermediate Band, directed by Brandon Bautz of the Northland Pines School District, Eagle River. Speakers will include Marcia G Thompson, the Wisconsin Art Educator of the year for 2008, and Dr. Lynn Jermal from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. The closing award ceremony on March 20th will be attended by dignitaries, art teachers, their students, parents and grandparents from all corners of the state.

Youth Art Month in Wisconsin is sponsored by the Wisconsin Art Education Association. Awards at the exhibit are supported by W.T. Graham, NASCO, Sax Arts and Crafts, and the Department of Public Instruction.

The Wisconsin Alliance for Artists and Craftspeople, E.J. Gunther, Jack Richeson & Co, Inc., and the Greater Madison Convention and Visitor Bureau are donors for the exhibit and ceremony.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
March 3, 2009