Hays High artists draw state honors

Hays High visual art students John Ibarra and Victoria Johnson, participated in the state portion of the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) last week.

Hays High artists Victoria Johnson (left) and John Ibarra pose with their artworks submitted for the Visual Arts Scholastic Event. (Photo by Angelica Milligan)

The mission of VASE is to recognize exemplary student achievement in the visual arts. The VASE competition begins at the regional level, where students write about the art they’ve created, and then are interviewed for eight minutes by jurors. There were approximately 35,000 artwork submissions and only 10 percent were selected for state.

Jurors evaluated both their interview and art, and then rated the work between 1 and 4, with 4 as the top rating.

Jurors then chose 10 percent of the top-rated art to advance to the state meet, where another panel of jurors applies a higher level of criteria to qualifying artwork and assigns a state rating.

Both Ibarra, who competed in drawing, and Johnson, who was in sculpture, earned a rating of 4 at the event.

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