Friday, March 17, 2017

Mears Art Contest celebrates 90 years with exhibit at Oshkosh Public Library

The 90th anniversary of the Wisconsin GFWC-Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest is marked by Oshkosh middle school students’ artwork now on display at the Oshkosh Public Library. The exhibit in the library's lower level features winning entries in the annual Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest sponsored by the GFWC-Oshkosh Women's Arts Club. The art will be on exhibit through March 31.

This contest honors Mears, a sculptor (1871-1916) who was born in Oshkosh, educated in Oshkosh public schools, and attended Oshkosh Normal School. Her sculptures are in the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian, Wisconsin Capitol, museums, and public spaces. The GFWC-Oshkosh Women's Arts Club is a chapter of the WI-General Federation of Women's Clubs, which inaugurated this annual memorial state contest in 1927.

The statewide annual art competition encourages and recognizes artistic development and achievement among 7th and 8th grade students in public, private and home schools. Nine schools in Oshkosh submitted artworks in painting and sculpture categories. Oshkosh place-winners continue on to district competition in Princeton, where three winners in each category are selected to move on to state competition in Eau Claire.

This year's winners from Oshkosh middle schools are:
Class A (schools with an art teacher)
Two-dimensional art (painting and drawing):
•1st place – Rebekah Schaalme, South Park
•2nd place – William Vu, Carl Traeger
•3rd place – Hailey Weickert, South Park
Three-dimensional art: sculpture
•1st place – Haley Laber, Perry Tipler
•2nd place – Pahuacua Lor, Merrill
•3rd place – Kathryn Smith, Perry Tipler

Class B: (schools without a full-time art teacher)
•1st place – Max Yanacek, Grace Lutheran
•2nd place – Carly Groskeutz, Grace Lutheran
•3rd place – Kate Isom, Grace Lutheran

Honorable Mention was awarded to Madelyn Lebron, Madeline Frey – Webster Stanley; Mason Dutscheck - South Park; Bayden Conrey, Skye Wanner – Perry Tipler; Joseph Sarnowski – ALPS Charter, Tipler; Pahuacua Lor, Parker Blau – Merrill; Elijah Wade, Isaias Gutierrez-Kuhaupt – Valley Christian; George Yanacek – Grace Lutheran.  Judges for the contest were David Eichhorn, retired art teacher at Carl Traeger Middle School, and Karen VanderWerff, an artist who recently moved here from Madison. Shirley Brabender Mattox of Oshkosh is the chairman for the Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest.

Three students will receive the Legislator Award from Oshkosh area legislators who have chosen the student’s artwork for their offices at the Capitol in Madison. Rep. Gordon Hintz chose the watercolor, “Illustration” by Madelynn Lebron, grade 8, Webster Stanley Middle School; Rep. Michael Schraa chose the sculpture “Joker” by Skye Wanner, grade 8, Perry Tipler Middle School; Sen. Dan Feyen chose the painting “Sky is the Limit” by Hailey Weickert, grade 8, South Park Middle School.

An Awards Reception will be held in the library's lower level from 1:30 - 3 p.m. on Sunday,
March 19, with an awards presentation at 2 p.m. Students and their families, art teachers and principals, artists, and supporters of the arts are welcome to attend.


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