Visual Arts Scholastic Education Gold Seal Award Winner
05/14/2020

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Mabank High School Sophomore Emily G. received the “Gold Seal” from the VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Education) competition making her work among some of the most elite high school artists in the State of Texas.

Emily’s work, “Natural Beauty,” was one of 31,237 entries, state-wide, in the competition. Of those entries, 2,442 advanced to state. From those entries, only 150 students received a score of “5” which earned those entries the “Gold Seal” recognition. The “Gold Seal” status placed Emily in the .48 percent of artists in the competition.

“Natural Beauty” is a 3D sculpture, made from recyclable materials, depicting a tropical fish. Emily’s inspiration for the piece came from her time spent in Hawaii before moving to Texas this year. Her goal was to capture the beauty of Hawaii and the things from there that were familiar to her. 

“This is a remarkable achievement of recognition, especially for a student new to the art world,” MHS Art Teacher Wendy Brantley said. “Emily is a visionary and has a unique process in formulating her creations. I would not at all be surprised to see her in a gallery showcase as an adult artist in years to come.”

According to Brantley, Emily’s use of recyclable materials allowed her to experiment with the creative process and at the same time encourage others to treat the environment responsibly.

The 150 pieces that earned “Gold Seal” status will continue to be viewed on a gallery tour across Texas during the next school year.

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