High school art show exhibits incredible work of students

College of Eastern Utah’s High School Student Art Show traditionally attracts some of the best artists of the state. This year is no different with the biggest ceramic exhibition ever shown in the college’s Gallery East.
This year, although there were fewer paintings and drawings, we saw a much larger turnout in ceramics, especially from The Waterford School, Jordan High and Box Elder High, said Robert DeGraff, CEU gallery director.

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College of Eastern Utah’s High School Student Art Show traditionally attracts some of the best artists of the state. This year is no different with the biggest ceramic exhibition ever shown in the college’s Gallery East.
This year, although there were fewer paintings and drawings, we saw a much larger turnout in ceramics, especially from The Waterford School, Jordan High and Box Elder High, said Robert DeGraff, CEU gallery director.
“I was particularly impressed by the work of students from Box Elder High School.   A common problem with beginning throwers is weight.   Pick up any given pot from a high school student and it’s likely to feel as if it were made of lead.  
“The pots from Box Elder, however, were for the most part just right–not too heavy, not too light.   Lee Burningham is teaching correct craft principles, but also sound design principles.   Most of the clay forms from his students were well-balanced and elegant.
“We had a much smaller draw this year, due to many factors, but particularly the fact that there are now four statewide high school competitions and they all happen at once,” DeGraff said.   “When Brent [Haddock] started this show three years ago, there were only two (Springville and CEU).
Participants included students from The Waterford School, Box Elder High School, Jordan High School, Weber High School, Beaver High School, Canyon View High School (Cedar City), Murray High School, Enterprise High School, Carbon High School and Spring Valley High School (Las Vegas)
Best of show went to Jonnie Perkins, from Waterford School, for “Petroglyphic Pot ” and earned him $150. First place went Jane Hwang, from Waterford School, for “Girl in Brazil” and earned her $125.
Second place, the Bob Tanner Memorial prize, went to Peter Smith, from Box Elder High School, for “Vase” and a $100 check. Third place went to Adriann Agle, from Waterford School, for “Self-Reflection” and a $75 check.
Honorable mention went to Alisha Chesley, from Murray High School, for “Sgraffito Pot” and a $50 check.
Gallery East is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. It is
located in the old SAC.