Celebrate the West is a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. The inaugural year of the competition attracted entries from across the WGA footprint. The entry deadline for the 2017 contest has closed, and winners will soon be announced.
We're proud to announce the winners in the inaugural Western Governors’ Association Celebrate the West regional art competition, which challenged high school students to create two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state.
More than 200 entries from the 19 WGA member states, as well as artwork from American Samoa and Guam, arrived by the deadline for the competition sponsored by the Western Governors’ Foundation.
While all the entries were terrific, Shayla Bowen of Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas, proved to be the big winner. Shayla's True Grit, a detailed work in charcoal, won the Grand Prize ($1,000) and was voted Best of Show ($200) by attendees at our 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Second Place ($500) went to Kaitlyn Haught of Hooker High School in Guymon, Oklahoma, for her colored pencil work, Cutting Horse. Christie Wildcat of Riverton High School in Riverton, Wyoming, took Third Place ($300) for Straight Dancer, which combined fused glass and mixed media.
You can see all of the winning works in the slideshow above. Below is the complete list of winners and a photo collection of Governors celebrating with winners. And keep an eye on this page for news about the 2017 Celebrate the West competition.
Grand Prize, Best of Show
“Celebrate the West” is open to high school students from Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.