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STLCC-Wildwood Hosts Annual Art Competition for Area High School Students

March 10, 2014

Eco-Art Festival winners  
The overall winners of the sixth annual Eco-Art Exhibit
hosted by STLCC-Wildwood are, from left, Lindsey St. John
of Eureka High School, and Maddy Murphy and Emma
Harford of Lafayette High School.

St. Louis Community College at Wildwood hosted the sixth annual Eco-Art Exhibition in early March, and once again challenged area high school students to create and submit pieces of artwork that speak to environmental consciousness. 


The exhibit attracted more than 50 artists in high level art classes from Barat Academy, and Eureka, Lafayette, Marquette and Pacific high schools.


“We are always amazed by how creative the high school students are, and how varied the submissions are each year,” said Mark Weber, chair of visual and performing arts at STLCC-Wildwood. “Each year the show is very different from the previous year, even though the theme stays the same.”


The exhibit was juried this year by renowned artist Victor Wang. Wang has exhibited in both solo and group shows across the country and has been honored with numerous awards for his work. He has published two books and is a professor of art at Fontbonne University.


Wang remarked that the works submitted for the exhibit was very impressive. 


“I am surprised at the level of the high school students,” he said. “The artists used beautiful technique. There is a beautiful sensitivity to markings and a painterly quality. The choice of materials is also interesting. And conceptually, the work is very strong.”


On March 6 the college hosted a special reception and awards ceremony for the artists and their families. During the ceremony, awards were given to the top three pieces of art from each high school. An overall first, second and third place also were awarded. Top awards went to Maddie Murphy of Lafayette High School, Lindsey St. John of Eureka High School and Emma Harford of Lafayette High School. They received $250, $100 and $50, respectively. Murphy also garnered the “People’s Choice” award based on the votes of visitors to the exhibition.


The college hosts the exhibit and other events during the year as part of its mission to increase awareness, knowledge and skills needed to ensure a sustainable environment for present and future generations. The Wildwood campus is a “green” campus – the first of its kind in Missouri – built with environmentally friendly materials and architecture. It has earned  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, the second highest ranking obtainable under the LEED system. The college’s Harrison EducationCenter in St. Louis is also certified as LEED gold.