Andrea Pagán: 2018 Topeka Art Guild Scholarship Winner!!

Congratulations to Topeka West senior Andrea Pagán who was recently awarded the 2018 Topeka Art Guild scholarship for $1000!!  Andrea's portfolio will be shown at the Topeka Art Guild, located on the west end of Fairlawn Plaza Mall through the month of May.

 Self Portrait (2017)

During Andrea's senior year at Topeka West she was also named the winner of the Black & White Photography category in the 2018 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! high school art competition, received two Gold Key awards at the Kansas Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and received a Gold Medal Award for her photography in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Andrea has had a very successful year with her photography!!

Please enjoy the gallery below of Andrea's best pieces from both her junior and senior years!

 Prosopagnosia (2018)          Gold Medal Award, National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

 Spectrophobia (2017)          Gold Key Award, Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

 Coulrophobia (2018)

 Diplophobia (2018)

 Anemomenphobia (2017)          Black & White Photography category winner, Kansans...As Talented As You Think!  high school art competition

 Belonophobia (2018)

 Cartilogenophobia (2017)

 Kactosophobia (2017)

 Tripophobia (2017)

 Thanatophobia (2017)

Arachibutyrophobia (2018)

 Modern Gothic (2017)

 Hemophobia (2018)

 Agoraphobia (2017)

Scopophobia (2017)


TPAC 2018 Young Artist of the Year

Before the BIG announcement, here is a recap of the the 2017-18 school year so far:

The Topeka West photography program has certainly had a plentiful year...and, the awards just keep coming!  Over the weekend, junior Madison Stratman, was given the Topeka Performing Arts Center's 2018 Young Artist of the Year award with a $1000 scholarship!!!

Winning this award is a fantastic honor for Madison and below are the images that Madison submitted for her portfolio.  Please join me in congratulating Madison on this huge achievement!!


2018 Congressional Art Awards

For the past 7 years the Topeka West photography program has entered pieces to the Congressional High School Art Competition that is sponsored by Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.  And for the past 7 years Topeka West has consistently placed in the top four places!

I am pleased to announce that once again a Topeka West photographer has not only placed in the top 3...that student placed 1st place!!  Please extend a huge congratulations to junior Maya O'Conner whose digital manipulation, titled Kalon, won the competition!!!

Maya O'Conner, Kalon          1st Place, 2018 Congressional Art Awards

Maya's photograph will be framed, delivered to Congresswoman Jenkins' office, and then will be shipped to Washington, D. C. where it will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one full year.  Maya will also receive two round-trip airfare tickets to Washington, D.C. courtesy of Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins' office (who sponsored the art awards).

Way to go Maya and to all the other photographers who entered work into this show!!


New Work: Digital Photography 1

The Digital Photography 1 students, this spring semester, are certainly beginning to find their way around their cameras and editing on the computers.  The snow is gone, the days are brightening, and these students are creating some spectacular images.  Enjoy this small gallery of images from the hundreds that are created every week!!

And, as always, click on the images to view at a larger resolution and if you have any of these students in class be sure to tell them that you viewed their images on the Photosynthesis blog!! 

 Brennan Clark, senior

 Ariel Graber, sophomore

 Landyn Gentry, senior

 Brady Reichart, junior

 Julia Dibble, sophomore

 Gabriella Rivera, junior

 Kadejah Deschner, sophomore

 Dacnet Garcia, sophomore

 Daniel Phelps, junior

 Dain Struble, senior

 Emma Alexander, sophomore

 Henry Mason, sophomore

 Ashton Romero, sophomore

 Alyssa Roberson, junior

 Brooklyn Bogart, sophomore

 Lauren Turner, sophomore

 Kaylee Dinwiddie, senior

 Gleydi Peguero-Reyes, sophomore

 Kyli Harris, sophomore

 Keilah Bynum, sophomore

 Ashley Wilson, sophomore

 Alejandro Valdes, junior

 Augstin Martinez, sophomore

 Alan Perez, sophomore

Angel Helmick, sophomore