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MHS students earn honors at regional art competition

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (January 29, 2013) — A Marion High School junior’s artwork earned a high honor at a competition in Fort Wayne and will continue on to national-level competition.

Thao Nguyen, a junior at MHS, earned a Gold Key with a photo project submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

The museum’s scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all artworks will be on display at the museum, 311 East Main St., Fort Wayne, from Feb. 10 through April 7. Museum hours, admission fees and directions are available at the museum’s website here.

“Competition is brutal,” said MHS art teacher Debi Shepler, “and we are so privileged to be represented.”

All pieces that earned a Gold Key will be part of a competition in New York this spring. According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years.

Nguyen also earned a Silver Key on a self portrait drawing.

Another MHS student, Mitch Diedrich, also earned recognition in the FWMoA competition. The senior’s pen and ink drawing of Colin Bowen, a former MHS student who was fatally injured during military duty in Afghanistan, received a Certificate of Merit.

Both Nguyen and Diedrich will be among those recognized at an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. An opening reception for the exhibit will follow at the museum.

The two will also have art featured in an upcoming display here in Marion. The MHS art department has been invited to be featured exhibitors at Indiana Wesleyan University’s 1920 Gallery in the Barnes Student Center, 4200 S. Nebraska St. About a dozen student artists will have art on display in February, Shepler said.

The works will be displayed at the 1920 Gallery from Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, through Friday, March 1, 2013. An opening reception is set from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18 and is open to the public.

The 1920 Gallery’s regular public hours are: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.