2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

It is most certainly a banner year for the Topeka West Art and Photography departments!  In addition to placing exceptionally well in the Kansans...As Talented As You Think high school art competition, a disproportionally high number of students will showcase their work at the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional show to be held at the Wichita Center for the Arts during the month of February.

84 pieces of photography, drawing, painting, jewelry, and sculpture were submitted to this year's competition.  27 pieces were accepted to the show (woohoo!), and 20 out of those 27 pieces are photographs created by our Digital Photography 1 and Advanced Photography students (BAM!).

Way to go West!!

The 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will open on February 4 and run through March 9 at the Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kansas.

 Ian Bolok, senior          Silent Night, Gold Key Award

 Mikaela Gibbs, senior          Buckets, Gold Key Award

 Jenna Glaze, senior          Kansas Oasis, Gold Key Award

 Rylan Prieb, sophomore          Staircase, Gold Key Award

 Jared Scrinopskie, senior          Sun Rays, Gold Key Award

 Tharin Brown, senior          Shattered Perception, Silver Key Award

 Laura Dicus, sophomore          Flowers, Silver Key Award

 Nathan Hacker, junior          Lincoln, Silver Key Award

 Victoria Houser, senior          Repetition in Gray, Silver Key Award

 Victoria Houser, senior          Rusted Blue, Silver Key Award

 Victoria Houser, senior          Watch Your Step, Silver Key Award

 Tharin Brown, senior          Modern Storage, Honorable Mention

 Drew Dickes, senior          Antiquity, Honorable Mention

 Drew Dickes, senior          Overgrown, Honorable Mention

 Jenna Glaze, senior          The Huff'n Puff, Honorable Mention

 Victoria Houser, senior          Chained Memories, Honorable Mention

 Victoria Houser, senior          Sanctuary, Honorable Mention

 Victoria Houser, senior          Vaults in Gray, Honorable Mention

 Christina Morrissey, junior          A Day in the Park, Honorable Mention

Jared Scrinopskie, senior          Stairway, Honorable Mention



UPDATE: Kansans...As Talented As You Think! High School Art Competition

During the first week of December 2013, the Topeka West photography program received great news about the Kansans...As Talented As You Think! high school art competition. Senior Brent Lambert and junior Molly Taggart had both placed as finalists in the Black & White photography category.

This past Friday I was checking my school email during a break of that day's professional development activities and I was astounded by two messages that I received.  The final judging of the competition had taken place and Molly was awarded the winner of the Black & White photography category!  Then the next email announced that Brent had won Best of Show!!  What this means is that Molly will receive a $100 scholarship for winning her category and Brent will receive a $300 scholarship for winning over all the other finalists!!

Congratulations Molly and Brent!  And a huge thank you to the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters for hosting the award ceremony and to Grant Glenn and Don Lambert for helping to provide this special opportunity for our Kansas high school artists!

Brent Lambert, senior                 "Crown Graphic" - Best of Show

Molly Taggart, junior                           "Curves" - Winner, Black & White photography category


UPDATE:  On the evening of January 24th Brent and Molly were invited to attend a banquet at the Topeka Expocenter held by the Kansas Native Sons & Daughters celebrating Kansas Day.  Brent's and Molly's photographs were on display for all to enjoy and they also received their awards for Best of Show and 1st Place respectively!


New Work: Advanced Photography

What a fantastic semester I experienced with the Advanced Photography students!  They were a hard-working and creative bunch of young photographers.  I think this final gallery of work will easily back up my statements.  I am greatly looking forward to the spring semester where I will have a full class (30!) in Digital Photography 2 as well as two more sections of Advanced Photography.  More and more galleries will be on the way!!

Drew Dickes, senior

Christina Morrissey, junior

Jenna Glaze, senior

Jared Scrinopskie, senior

Ian Bolok, senior

Janease Nash, junior

Tressa Sands, senior

Fabian Correa, senior

Katelyn Craig, junior

Tucker Smith, junior

Taylor Trauthwein, senior

Kennadi Michael, senior


New Work: Digital Photography 1

As the Fall 2013 semester came to a close I promised the Digital Photography 1 students I would make one last post showing off their work.  I had a TON of images to choose from!  Normally, I keep the number of images to 25 with previous posts, but this time I had quite a bit of difficulty narrowing them down.  So please enjoy this gallery of 32 photos that is literally the best of the semester!!

Jaymee Stickley, sophomore

 Laura Dicus, junior

 Camille Parman, sophomore

 Emreec Smith, junior

 Sydney Heinen, junior

 Emily Hodge, sophomore

 Alex Gourlay, junior

 Jasmin Hahn, junior

 Jackie Pierron, junior

 Jaycie Collins, junior

 Sydney Haugh, sophomore

Dakota Bean, sophomore

 Austin Tiffany, senior

 Megan Overstreet, junior


 Rylan Prieb, sophomore

Callie Frizzell, junior

 Hannah Alexander, junior

Lilly Doty, sophomore

Gusti Andracana, junior

Madison Lowrey, sophomore

Regan Braun, junior

 Denilson Lopez, sophomore

 Brittany Cooper, sophomore

 Alan Moreno, junior

Sara Strouse, junior

Salem Eichelberger, sophomore

Tyler North, junior

Tracen Ruby, sophomore

Addison Donohue, sophomore

Alex Reid, sophomore

Shelby Shields, junior

Levi Crespo, sophomore