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High School Artists to be Honored
Superintendent Dorn announces annual state art show winners

OLYMPIA — May 19, 2011 — High school artists from around the state are being celebrated for their individual creativity and vision.

The 38th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show will be held Friday, May 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction building in Olympia. This year’s theme is, “Artistic Genius in Washington State!”

State Superintendent Randy Dorn is co-hosting the formal reception, which will include the 108 regional winners, their families and teachers.

Dorn, in his third year of involvement in the Art Show, selected “Cherry Bliss” by Erica Erwin of Richland High School for the Superintendent’s Award. Erwin’s art teacher is Mr. Shawn Murphy.

“I’m a new grandfather,” Dorn said. “The artwork reminded me of my life. It also made me think about my grandson’s future. Education will help develop his future.”

Guest speakers and award presenters will include state education leaders and arts education association leaders from across the state, such as:

  • Mack Armstrong, assistant executive director, Washington Association of School Administrators;
  • Kathe Taylor, interim executive director, State Board of Education;
  • Jonelle Adams, executive director, Washington State School Directors Association;
  • Una McAlinden, executive director, ArtsEdWAshington;
  • Virginia Lane, president, Washington Art Education Association; and
  • Schuyler Hoss, Southwest Regional Representative presenting the 5th Annual Governor’s Choice Award selected by First Gentleman Mike Gregoire.

The regional winners were chosen for statewide competition from about 4,000 pieces through regional art shows at each of the state’s nine educational service districts.

The 14 state winning pieces will be displayed in the foyer of the OSPI building for a year before going into staff offices. Ten pieces will be added to OSPI’s permanent collection, which will total 316 pieces.

The WAEA is co-hosting the reception. The program will feature pre-reception, reception, and post-reception music from members of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet.

During the reception, the WAEA will present its 15th Annual Art Education Tribute Award to Carl Clausen, a retired art teacher from the Bellevue School District. Clausen is being honored for his exemplary service as a K-12 visual arts teacher, and for his leadership in multiple roles for the WAEA, as well as his service on the OSPI Arts Assessment and Learning Standards teams and countless arts education events.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared May 2011 as the third annual Arts Education Month in Washington state. The Fifth Annual Governor’s Choice Award, selected by First Gentleman Mike Gregoire, was awarded to Becky Joy Orcutt of Cedar Park Christian School for her piece titled “Last Look Back.”

OSPI has created an online gallery featuring digital photos of each entry at: The news media have permission to use these photos. Click on Art Show Gallery and 2011 Winners Gallery and Reception Invitation (PDF). Links and art show winners from 2002 – 2010 also are available at this site.

For more information, please contact AnnRené Joseph, OSPI arts program supervisor, at (360) 725-6365 or


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.

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For more information

Art Show State Winners Gallery

Art Show Regional Winners Gallery
View list (PDF)

Art Show Calendar for School Year 2011-2012 (PDF)

Superintendent's Proclamation for Arts Education Month (PDF)

Reception Invitation

Art Show Web site

The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

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Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015

Assessment Communications Manager
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