5/09/2018

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)





5/07/2018

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!!







































5/04/2018

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!!





4/25/2018

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