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Washington State High School Artists Honored
State Supt. Dorn announces annual Art Show winners

OLYMPIA — May 18, 2012 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn today will play host to the 39th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia.

The show, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will celebrate and honor the 114 high school artists whose work was selected for statewide competition as regional winners in their Educational Service District (ESD) shows across the state. Dorn will honor the fifteen state winners and their teachers.

This year's theme is, "Artistry, Brilliance, and Creativity in Washington State."

Superintendent Dorn believes that Arts education is essential. "If we are dedicated to preparing all students, we must be sure that all schools have access to a well-rounded arts program," he said. "We want every student engaged, not just most. As superintendent of public instruction, I urge all school districts to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality opportunities in arts education.”

Starting in February, ESDs held regional art shows. The winning pieces from the regional shows were forwarded to OSPI, where they competed to be one of fifteen state winners. Each state-level winning artwork will be purchased for $200.00. OSPI will purchase seven pieces; the following organizations will each purchase one piece:

  • State Board of Education;
  • Professional Educators Standards Board;
  • Washington Association of School Administrators;
  • Washington State School Directors’ Association;
  • ArtsEd Washington;
  • Association of Washington School Principals;
  • Washington State PTA; and
  • Washington Art Education Association (WAEA).

The WAEA piece is selected in honor of their “Tribute Award” winner. This year’s recipient is Joye Melby, an art teacher from Cascade High School in Everett. This award is given to outstanding arts educators, arts advocates, and businesses nominated by the WAEA membership. WAEA membership and leadership also assist in co-hosting the annual art show reception and in award presentation.

The Art Show, including all the winners, is viewable online at:


About OSPI
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 provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
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(360) 725-6015

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

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


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