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Awards Announced for High School Exhibition

Awards Announced for High School Exhibition

Posted on Mar 3, 2016, by

Annual Fox Valley Area High School Glass Exhibition Showcases Local Talent
March 1 – March 26, 2016

The Fox Valley Area High School Glass Exhibition at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass will open on Tuesday, March 1st to showcase talented young area artists and celebrate national Youth Art Month.  An opening reception and award ceremony will be held Saturday, March 5 from 2-4pm, with awards and remarks at 3pm.

Award winners include the following student artists:

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, Glass Education Award: Kendall Bowers, for Marilyn, in glass mosaic, from Oshkosh West High School, Linda Geffers, Instructor; Artist-in-Motion Award: Ella Feuerstein, for Music Medley, in fused and slumped glass, from Neenah High School, Brenda Mullard, Instructor; Miller Electric Recognition Award: Leif Kutschera, for Untitled, in fused glass, from Menasha High School, Erin Culligan, Instructor; Richeson Company Continuing Creativity Award: Angela Garcia Cebada, for A Man, in contour fused glass, from Omro High School, Amanda Kabat, Instructor; North Star Asset Management Continuing Creativity Award: Brooke Bayer, for Colorful Personality, in glass mosaic, from Xavier High School,  Lynn Zetzman, Instructor; Ron and Ruth Ellyn Musil Family Fund Artistic Achievement Award: Brooke Schuh, for Dilution in fused glass and mixed media, from Valley New School, Jennifer Plamann, Instructor; Oshkosh Fine Arts Association Awards: Amelia Thiel for View from the Stand in fused glass, from Stockbridge High School, Joan Kirschling, Instructor and Mandy Koch for Sunflower in glass mosaic, from Oshkosh West High school, Linda Geffers, Instructor.

Michael Meilahn and Rick Conne, served as judges for the exhibition.

High school teachers were invited to submit works made by their students using glass as the primary medium. The museum offered schools an opportunity to bring students to the museum to work in The Glass Studio with area artists, Sarah Rezin and Beth Wenger Johnstone, both of Appleton.  Over the past several weeks 189 students from thirteen area schools created work for the exhibition:  Appleton West, Berlin, Freedom, Menasha, Neenah, New London, Omro, Oshkosh West, Renaissance, St. Mary Central, Stockbridge Valley New School, and Xavier.

Throughout the months of January and February, students worked in the glass studio creating objects using flameworking techniques to make beads and Borosilicate glass to create detailed sculptures.  Students learned a variety of fused glass methods including open weave fusing.  New techniques taught this year include reactive glass techniques, whereby specific glasses are layered on top of one another to create color reactions with the metals in the different glass layers. Students also learned how to use copper foil and wire inclusions in fused glass. The majority of the works exhibited were created during these workshops. Additional artwork created at the schools will also be on display.

The museum would like to thank the following exhibition sponsors:  The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, North Star Asset Management, donors and sponsors of Art in Motion, Miller Electric, the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ronald and Ruthellyn Musil Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

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