(ORANGE, TX) The Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) took place in San Antonio with participants from Region 5 present for the first time in recent memory.
After competing at the Regional Event held at the Stark Museum of Art in February, art teacher Terri Thompson and her student Silvana Ochoa of Sabine Pass High School joined 2,110 other art students at State VASE held at James Madison High School in San Antonio on Saturday, April 29th.

“My students and I were extremely impressed with the quality of the work at the event and the dedication that the students and their teachers showed. My students left excited to proceed with next year’s projects, determined to make an impression. We were pleased that both students received a superior rating for our first time in the event. Looking forward to next year,” Thompson noted. Also present representing Region V was Annmarie Ventura, Studio and Outreach Programs Manager, at the Stark Museum of Art and Region V VASE Director.

Portfolio reviews, art workshops, and networking opportunities are available to students who attend State VASE. This year, participating universities and institutes included Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing, Kansas City Art Institute, Laguna College of Art and Design, Louisiana State University of Art & Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, New Hampshire Institute of Art, New York Film Academy, Pacific Northwest School of Art, Sam Houston State University, Savannah College of Art & Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas Tech University School of Art, Texas Southern University, The Southwest School of Art, and The University of Texas at Austin.

At the State Event in San Antonio, jurors rated student work based on a scale of one through four, with four being the highest attainable score. Works that received a rating of four are considered for the Gold Seal Award, the highest honor.

A total of 150 works of art were awarded a Gold Seal and will tour Texas at various sites throughout the year, offering student-artists state-wide exposure for their artwork. Additionally, students are able to register for Scholarship Workshops at State VASE that allow them to showcase their unique talents and earn up to $1,500 in scholarship money.

This year 2,119 students participated in State VASE. Of those students who participated, 1,192 received a rating of four, 760 students received a rating of three, ten students received a two, and no student earned a rating of one. Across Texas, 32,177 students registered in a VASE Regional Event and 27, 859 participated.

High-resolution images can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Media%20Folder/VASE

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About the Stark Museum of Art
The Stark Museum of Art houses one of the nation’s most significant collections of American Western art and is located in the heart of downtown historic Orange, Texas. Paintings, sculpture, prints and rare books interpret the West from 19th century frontier artists to the 20th century artistic colonies in New Mexico and focus on the stunning land, dramatic people and diverse wildlife of the American West. The Museum features artists such as Frederic Remington, John James Audubon, John Mix Stanley, and Charles Marion Russell. Also featured is a significant collection of American Indian objects, including baskets, pottery, clothing and jewelry.

Stark Museum of Art is located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit starkmuseum.org.