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NP3 Students Encouraged to Enter Crocker Art Contest

Jeffrey BeJesus standing next to his winning piece, ‘Vivid Imagination,’  from the Crocker Art Museum Show in 2017.

By Kimberly Chouang
Staff Writer | The Pacific Times

NP3 High School students have been encouraged to enter the local Crocker Art Museum High School Self-Portrait Show.

“You can show your art at a museum and you can see what other high school peers are doing in the area,” said Heather Higgins, an NP3 High art teacher.

The competition is a great way for students interested in art to display their pieces in a museum where it can be viewed by the public at large. The Mar. 8 deadline for entries is drawing near!

“There are awards for the show that could go on your resume and possible scholarships,” said Higgins. “People from around the world can also look at your art.”

This show began in 2014 for high school students and the community. This is the fourth year the Crocker Art Museum offered this opportunity to NP3’s students.

Entering the competition is simple, you need to create a self-portrait that you can mount or hang and provide a written paragraph that can expand on any information the artist would like to include. All entries must be display ready and two-dimensional works need to be framed.

“It’s a pretty interesting experience to improve one’s skill and it’s a nice challenge to achieve and to succeed it,” said senior Jeffrey DeJesus. DeJesus won the Excellence in Medium Award two years ago in 2017.

“Just keep practicing in art because most people are scared of creating art but actually people have amazing capability to create amazing art,” said DeJesus.

Justine Arizabal’s art piece, ‘When in Doubt’, from 2018 that won the Excellence in Medium Award.

“It’s a good experience for students especially those who want to do pursue art in the future,” said junior Justine Arizabal, who won the Excellence in Medium Award last year in 2018. “In a way, it helped me see other artworks and other perspectives and it’s a great opportunity for students who want to put their work up there.”

You can pick up an entry form from E-2, Higgins’ room. Those whose portraits are selected for the exhibit will be notified on Mar. 15. For more information about the self-portrait show, ask or email Heather Higgins at [email protected].

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