Herron’s first Indiana High School Art Invitational is a hit

First place artist Emily Vandervate (right) with her art teacher Mara Battiste
Image credit Herron staff

Juniors from Carmel, Lafayette Jefferson and Lawrence Central high schools produced the top works in Herron’s first annual Indiana High School Art Invitational Exhibition. The prizewinners were announced during the opening reception on March 29. The works were on exhibit through April 17.

First Place

Emily Vandervate of Lafayette Jefferson High School for the works Soul Travel and Saving Grace. Art teacher, Mara Battiste.

Second Place

William Matthew Chen of Carmel High School for the work Rub a’ Dub Dub. Art teacher, Jonathan Kane.

Third Place (two)

JiEun Kelley Yu of Carmel High School for the work Nonexistent Colors. Art teacher, Jonathan Kane.

Sarah Crawford of Lawrence Central High School for the work Architecture of the Mind. Art teacher, Nancy Barnes.

Honorable Mentions (three)

Monica Pacheco of Lafayette Jefferson High School for the work Spiked Perfection. Art teacher, LuAnn Lamie.

Katie Matthews of Carmel High School for the work A Game of Pool. Art teacher, Jonathan Kane.

Drew Moreland of Carmel High School for the work Some Kind of Nature. Art teacher, Jonathan Kane.

Art teachers of high school juniors throughout Indiana were invited to send the best examples of their students’ works for this first-ever, juried exhibition. Herron scholarships of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 went to the first, second and third place students, respectively. The top seven students also earned a scholarship to Honors Art and Design, taught at Herron over the summer. Teachers of the students each received a $200 scholarship toward a teacher’s workshop at Herron. Reception attendees had the opportunity to tour Eskenazi Hall and learn more about Herron’s nationally accredited, top-ranked programs and IUPUI campus life.

“Herron wants high school students to know that there are numerous opportunities for creative individuals pursuing education in art and design that lead to very successful careers,” said Herron’s Dean Valerie Eickmeier. “This invitational is one way to thank teachers and support students who want to follow their passion for art. The three judges, all Herron faculty members, were impressed by the overall quality of the work submitted. I am sure this annual exhibition will grow over time and help many students achieve their college goals.”