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Wow Factor: 54th Annual Student Art Show Pieces Impress Audience

Student Ceramic Art Piece from the 54th Annual Student Art Show It was hard to tell which were the student art pieces and the professional pieces at the 54th Annual Student Art Show reception on Tuesday, April 16.

More than 450 art pieces from 387 students across the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s middle and high schools are on display and sharing the space at the Richmond Arts Center. At Tuesday’s reception, the public had a chance to celebrate the artists and admire the work.

"Art is an outlet for students to share their stories," WCCUSD Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator Patrick Martin said. "You have kids that have talent and we have a great cadre of teachers that bring it out."

Photography piece from the 54th Annual Student Art Show Greenwood Academy’s Lilia McIntyre is one of those teachers. McIntyre was full of pride seeing Amareli Rivera’s Garlic and Onion’s photo, which won an Artistic Merit Award.

"This is awesome," McIntyre said as she snapped a photo of the piece. "I want her (Amareli) to see that her work is out here in the world."

Amareli was one of 19 students that were recognized with a Artistic Merit Award or Honorable Mention. The winners were recognized at the ceremony by WCCUSD Superintendent Matthew Duffy and Richmond Art Center Executive Director Richard Abrose.

Students used a variety of mediums and methods in their pieces, ranging from watercolors, colored pencils, digital photography, charcoal, clay, and many more.

Visitors were treated to music from Pinole Valley's Jazz band and were able to view the art pieces in two hallway wings of the gallery.

The art show display continues through Wednesday, April 24 with gallery hours from 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Here is a complete list of the winners:

Artistic Merit Awards

Ella Winchester, Corrupted Deer Bunny, Ceramics, 4” x 3” x 5", De Anza High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Paesch

Kilty Huskisson, Excerpts from the Polar Bear Series, Ceramics, 4” x 5” x 3", De Anza High School, Grade 11, Teacher: Paesch

Sarah Wildwind, Portrait, Mixed media (including wax),  9" x 9", El Cerrito High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Jun

Desirae Crochet, Benin Togo Inspired Mask, Paper mache, 11" x 8" x 10", Fred T. Korematsu Middle, Grade 8, Teacher: Ruiz

Hailey Ramos-Cedano, Multi medium drawing, Color pencil, ink, charcoal, 9” x 12”, Helms Middle School, Grade 8, Teacher: Jackson

Zhongzhi Wang, Salvation, Acrylic, 18" x 24", Hercules High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Schrampf

Micheal Sterlino, The Destroyer, Altered Digital Photography, 11" x 14", Hercules High School, Grade 11, Teacher: Schrampf

Diana Salas Cruz, Untitled, Charcoal, pastel, 20” x 20”, Kennedy High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Mainini

Kennidi Thomas, Lil T, Photograph, 8” x 10”, Pinole Valley High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Tremor

Hanan Eissa, After the Flower Bearers, Stoneware with glaze, 18” x 12” x 12", Pinole Valley High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Shokrai

Jasmine Valdivia, Trappin Scooby, Mixed media, 15” x 20”, Richmond High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Hudson

Lizbeth Romero, Sweet Bliss, Mixed media, 11” x 12”, Richmond High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Hudson

Amareli Rivera, Garlic & Onion, Photography, 8.5" x 11", Sylvester Greenwood Academy, Grade 11, Teacher: McIntyre

Honorable Mentions

Julia DeJesus, At the Beach, Tempera, 18" x 12", Hercules High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Schrampf

Gustavo Garcia, We want change, Mixed media, 15” x 20”, Richmond High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Hudson

Leslie Saechoa, Untitled, Pencil, 14” x 14”, Richmond High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Hudson

William Toledo, Musicians, Color markers, 18" x 12", El Cerrito High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Jun

Violet Gwathney, Art-ception, Mixed media, 16” x 22”, Hercules Middle School, Grade 7, Teacher: Manipis

Zhanee Carter, Vib, Acrylic, 24" x 18", Hercules High School, Grade 12, Teacher: Schrampf