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Wyoming schools win cash prizes for “Traveling Trout” artwork

Posted: Monday, May 13th, 2013

Colter Linford’s untitled Traveling Trout artwork. Linford is a Cokeville senior and a student of Cokeville art teacher Dennis Nate. Courtesy Photo.

JACKSON HOLE — Eight Wyoming high school art programs have received cash prizes through the “Traveling Trout” statewide art competition offered by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole.

Winners of the competition, which challenged the 37 participating Wyoming schools to turn plain white fiberglass trout into distinctive works of art, were announced Friday, April 26, at the Wyoming High School Art Symposium in Casper. The entire “school” of fish will be exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s outdoor Sculpture Trail May 4 through Oct. 6 before traveling to other venues, including the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne and the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs.

Judges awarded first place and a prize of $7,000 to Pinedale High School for its ceramic mosaic trout artwork titled “Time to Make Waves.” Encampment High School received $5,000 for second place with “Metamorphofish,” and third place and $2,000 went to Powell High School for its artwork “The Escape of Adaptation.” Honorable mentions went to Midwest High School, Mountain View High School, Little Snake River High School, Cheyenne South High School and Niobrara County High School. The five schools receiving honorable mentions were awarded $500 each. All prizes go to the schools’ art programs with the cash to be used at the art teachers’ discretion to supplement their regular art budget.

The trout art was judged on originality of the idea, execution of the idea, and overall impact of the piece.

“All the winners were exceptional, but Pinedale’s sculpture stood out in the sophistication of the design and handling of the media. It also had an important environmental message about water quality,” said Jane Lavino, Sugden family curator of Education and Exhibits at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

“If our children are a measure of our future, Wyoming’s future will follow a path of creativity and imagination,” said Wyoming Representative Tim Stubson of Casper, one of the judges for the competition.

“Originality and material transcendence is so important in art today, and our Wyoming students have really shown their ability and promise in these pieces,” said associate professor of sculpture for the University of Wyoming Department of Art and another Traveling Trout judge, Ashley Carlisle.

Sponsors for the “Traveling Trout” program include The Friess Family Foundation, Tally and Bill Mingst, Clarke Nelson, Cynthia and Dick Quast and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.

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