Rockford High School (RHS) senior art student Shelby Blackmore received a $10,000 scholarship to Kendall College as part of their annual Art Day Competition held on March 19. This competition was open to students in all media, including, but not limited to, drawing, pastel, watercolor, painting, ceramics, textiles and weaving, graphic design, industrial design, furniture design, photography, and conceptual art. Students were asked to submit three of their best and original artworks by 10 a.m. Saturday and return at 2:30 p.m. for the awards presentation. This year, there were 111 entries from three different states, including Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Blackmore is one of 15 students selected to receive a scholarship award. Her three pieces were titled “Inspired,” “Rooted” and “Grounded.” These three pieces are part of a concentration of 12 pieces she is currently working on as part of her senior portfolio. Blackmore’s award-winning work, along with other RHS students’ projects, will be on display at the RHS Art Show May 24-26.
Several art students from Rockford High School (RHS) will be recognized as regional winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards competition. The ceremony will be held at St. Cecilia’s Music Society at 2 p.m. on January 30, 2011, with a reception following at the Kendall College of Art and Design. Gold Key awards will be given to Shelby Blackmore for photography and her art portfolio, Spencer High for a painting, and Jordan Rookus for ceramics and glass. Silver Key awards will go to Sydney Benda for her art portfolio, Shelby Blackmore for drawing, Emily Frew (Reed City High School) for her art portfolio, Eric Henderson for ceramics and glass, Hanna Reierson for ceramics and glass, and Sarah Verbrugge for jewelry. These students currently have their artwork on display at the Kendall College Art Gallery until the end of the month. The Scholastic Art Awards are an annual juried competition open to seventh- through 12th-graders in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories. Past recipients of national prizes include actor-director Robert Redford, artist Andy Warhol and other noteworthy people. This year, the work of Blackmore, High and Rookus will be representing RHS in the national competition held in New York. For more information, please contact RHS art instructor Barb Kent at (616) 863-6030.