Visual Arts at Salina Central!

Visual Arts at Salina Central!

From the Visual Arts Dept    -    February 2023

Last month, the Scholastic Art Awards in Wichita honored twelve Salina High School Central art students with art awards. This prestigious exhibit is at Wichita’s Mary R. Koch Arts Center/Mark Arts. From several thousand pieces submitted, the judges selected nearly 400 pieces of art from Kansas high schools and middle schools. 90 Gold and 120 Silver key recipients will be exhibited in the gallery there. The remaining 200 Honorable Mentions will be acknowledged but not displayed. Remarkably, with nearly 100 schools participating, Central placed seventh overall in the state of Kansas with total awards and second in Class 5-A. The exhibition opens Friday, February 10 and will be on view until March 25. Mark Arts is located at 13th Street and Rock Road in northeast Wichita.

The following students were honored with artwork demonstrating the highest levels of originality, technique and personal vision. Junior Helena Lundberg, received a Gold Key on her metal necklace titled, “Primo Luna”. This necklace will be judged nationally in New York City and will be eligible for the national exhibit that tours the nation for a year. Senior Beatrice Wellbrock-Talley, received a Silver Key on her graphite montage titled, “Backpack?”, and Honorable Mentions on her oil painting titled, “Storage”, and on her acrylic painting titled, “Feeling Crabby”. Senior Brooke McWhorter received a Silver Key on her abstract acrylic painting titled, “Looking In”, and an Honorable Mention on her sculpture titled, “Regrowth”. Chelsea (Rossi) Lewin, received a Silver Key on her digital drawing titled, “Self Portrait”.

Senior art students earning Honorable Mentions are Layni Borrego on her abstract acrylic painting titled, “In Between the Lines”, Tiara Giron, on her subtractive charcoal drawing titled, “Arcane”, Camila Lopez, on her clay slab sculpture titled, “That”. Isabell Riedel, senior on her mixed media painting of a lion titled, “The Watcher”, and Faith Rost, on her mixed media piece titled, “Da Vinci Hummingbirds”.

Junior recipients are Emery Darby, on her clay slab vase titled, “Seaweed Gusher”, Lanea Gadson, on her acrylic painting titled, “The Colors of Me”, and Mariah Prophet on her white drawing on black paper titled, “Journey’s End”. Students whose work was submitted to this year’s Scholastic exhibit will also be traveling to Wichita for an all day field trip in February. They will attend the exhibit at Mark Arts and go to a Wichita art museum to view a variety of artwork.

Presently in the SC Gallery, Art 2-D Advanced and A. P. Art and Design students are exhibiting their mixed media pieces utilizing a wood surface with gesso & acrylic washes applied, diagrams with dimensions, several sketches, color illustrations, laser photo transfers, & handwriting. Our second semester brings a full slate of advanced senior art student exhibits in our hallway display area outside the department for two weeks beginning now through May. We also look forward to seeing you at this year’s 22nd Annual Art Open House, 6pm to 8:30pm on Thursday, April 20th.

Please ask your art student about what they are presently doing in their art class. We encourage them to talk to their families about the goals of our projects and the processes learned and explored.


See images below

Photo of Gold Key Award Helena Lundberg, Primo Luna

Primo Luna

Photos of Silver Key Awards -

Beatrice Wellbrock-Talley, Backpack?


Chelsea (Rossi) Lewin, Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Brooke McWhorter, Looking In

Looking In