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2/7/2012 - Four Asheville High students win Regional Scholastics Art competition
by Mountain XPress

ASHEVILLE, NC (February 6, 2012) Four Asheville School students recently received numerous awards for their artwork in the Regional Scholastics Art Competition in Western North Carolina. Of the 10 award-winning entries, six will go on to compete in the National Scholastic Competition in New York, NY.

"It is such an honor to work with these students in particular," said Asheville School's art teacher Casey Arbor. "They have a passion for art and the motivation needed to do something about it. These four students deserve to be recognized both regionally and nationally."

The artwork was entered the Regional Scholastics Art Competition over Winter Break. This nonprofit organization's legacy dates back to 1923 with a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

The exhibition of award recipients will be on display in the Holden Community Gallery on the first floor of the Asheville Art Museum from January 21 to February 26, 2012. All of the Gold Key winners' artwork will compete in the National Scholastic Competition in NYC.

Senior Erin Crawford (Black Mountain, NC) won recognition for her two drawings: How to Never Be Lonely Again and Where Do We Go From Here? She was also recognized for her print Asking to Leave. Erin was awarded three Gold Keys.

"I don't really have anything specific to say about a particular one, but what I love about all three of them is that, despite that I submitted about five other works that were more moderate and calm, the ones that won were the weird ones. A decomposing zombie, a bald witch conjuring a man from a cloud, and a print of an old man with an excessive amount of wrinkles and a eerie smile -- those were the ones that got the highest level of award one can get in Scholastic," said Crawford. "It makes me feel like my style, despite it's rougher edge, will get appreciated and recognized, which is a wonderful feeling to take with me into the future. And the same goes to next year's Asheville School Scholastic competitors: create, display, and submit anything you can, despite it's oddities or controversy, people love different, I promise."

Senior Amber Lin (Dalian, China) received recognition for her paintings Morus Infant and One is Greater than Infinity. Amber was awarded two Gold Keys.

Senior Danny Chung (Seoul, Korea) won recognition for his three photographs: Gloomy Day on Wall Street, Meditation of Nature 2, and An Old Lady. Danny was awarded two Silver Key awards and one Gold Key.

"I am excited that my photograph has been recognized, and it's a great honor that it will be judged at a national level," said Chung.

Sophomore Sonja Erchak (Asheville, NC) received recognition for her painting Self-Portrait and her mixed media object Family. Sonja was awarded two Silver Keys for her artwork.

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