Albany- People say that art is in the eye of the beholder. "I kind of like the idea of a piece of artwork scrutinizing it's viewer as well as the viewer scrutinizing it," says Westover High senior Ian Fralick.
That's the motivation behind his art piece, Scrutiny. He took first place for Westover in the Kiwanis 25th Annual Art Contest. While many school systems in the United States lack funding for arts programs, this competition rewards area students for their arts appreciation.
"This is our way of recognizing young talent in the community and recognizing them with ribbons and cash awards," says Art Contest Chair Ken Rodd, Jr. And high school freshman Chantelle Young is very proud of her ribbon for second place. Her picture is still untitled but won an award just the same.
"I just love art. I just think it's another form of music because it embodies so much to people in the form of emotions," says Young. "There are a lot of reasons why art and music too are important. I think it teaches discipline," says Rodd. A discipline Chantell practices whenever and wherever she can.
Art programs in schools are said to enhance learning in other subjects and expand the creative mind. "It makes you see more emotions, and see more perspectives of things so you really grow, you're benefiting from just looking at art and doing it too," she says. She pays attention to the detail.
"Everytime I draw something, it's usually of their face. I love the face." Because it helps her face her future with each stroke of her pencil and leaders want to make sure that all students have the same certainty.
"We encourage the arts remain a part of our school curriculum," says Rodd. Because if students didn't have art in schools, Young says, "I'd go to the board of education and make it so it was."
The artwork will remain on display at the Albany Museum of Art for the next month. After that, they'll be on display at the Albany Mall.
2005 Kiwanis Student Art Contest Winners:
1st Place - Christopher Clark, RadiumSpringsMiddle School
2nd Place - Alex Robinson, AlbanyMiddle School
3rd Place - Claire Reynolds, SWGAHomeSchool Assoc.
1st Place - Devin Clark, RobertCrossMiddle School
2nd Place - Jamie Rosier, Merry AcresMiddle School
3rd Place - Leigh McLerdon, Lee Co. Middle School
1st Place - Akeem Ham, Merry AcresMiddle School
2nd Place - Rashvin Fowler, DoughertyMiddle School
3rd Place - Sarah Arnold, Lee Co. Middle School
1st Place - Jamie Winder, MonroeHigh School
2nd Place - Chantelle Young, WestoverHigh School
3rd Place - Michael Mullins, Lee Co. High School
1st Place - Keri Frier, WestoverHigh School
2nd Place - Devorius Kittles, DoughertyHigh School