Wildwood’s Eco-Art Exhibit Showcases Top High School Talent

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Dozens of students from six local high schools showcased their artistic talents in St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s 12th annual Eco-Art Exhibit.

Amber Schade overall winning artworkDozens of students from six local high schools showcased their artistic talents in St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s 12th annual Eco-Art Exhibit March 2-6. 

Each year, the exhibit, “Sustainability: It’s An Art,” encourages students to create artwork that speaks to an environmental consciousness in either the theme or the materials used. 

According to Mark Weber, gallery coordinator at STLCC-Wildwood, the Eco-Art Exhibit is unique because it is a juried competition. Prior to submitting any works into the exhibit, each high school selects the top 10 works of art to advance to the competition. 

“Each year, I continue to be impressed by the quality of the works submitted as well as the creative approach used by the students to express themselves in this exhibit,” Weber said. “All of the students who have been invited to participate in the Eco-Art Exhibit should feel proud knowing that their work is among the best.” 

Since STLCC-Wildwood hosted its first Eco-Art Exhibit in 2009, a professional artist has always been invited to juror the show. This year’s juror was Deborah Douglas, a professional artist and associate professor at Saint Louis University. 

Prior to presenting the awards, Weber read a statement to the audience from Douglas. In this statement, she said, “These young artists are using their voices in support of a topic that will impact them more severely and directly than any previous generation. Their artwork believes their concerns and conveys a genuine sense of urgency. That gives me hope for our future. It is their voices, through both their creativity and their actions, that I believe can have a positive effect on the issues that matter so greatly.”  

Winners from each category are listed below. The People’s Choice Award was determined at the close of the exhibit based on the piece that received the greatest number of votes. 

People's Choice Award winnerOverall
First Place: Amber Schade, Rockwood Summit High School
Second Place: Gaby Zarate, Marquette High School
Third Place: Jane Dunn, Lafayette High School

People’s Choice Award
Renae Gospodarski, Eureka High School

High School Winners

First Place: Grace Weick
Second Place: Lauren Calarco
Third Place: Hannah Berger

First Place: Sundus Malik
Second Place: Megan Partney
Third Place: Sirena Heberlie

First Place: Jane Dunn
Second Place: Tessa Steinle
Third Place: Dylan White

First Place: Sydney Jennings
Second Place: Camille Barnhart
Third Place: Lucy Enright

First Place: Kylie Killbreath
Second Place: Danielle Sokeland
Third Place: Morgan Glass

Rockwood Summit
First Place: Amber Schade
Second Place: Brock Stehlin
Third Place: Evian Davenport

For more information about the exhibit, contact Mark Weber at mweber@stlcc.edu or 636-422-2000.


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