High school artists go big at St. George Art Museum

The St. George Art Museum opened its third annual Square One art exhibit this week highlighting high school students' 2D and 3D art.

High schoolers from Kane, Garfield, Iron, Washington, and Beaver counties were invited to participate and submit art, said Stephanie Wheeler, St. George Art Museum Curator.

There were 165 submissions judged by a three-person jury with the top 75 submitted into the exhibit. Square One also offers scholarships for the top three winners. The best 2D and 3D pieces each win $250 while the best art wins $500.

“There are quite a few ceramic pieces that I personally thought were really inventive," Wheeler said. "They're kind of conceptual. And one of them is by a high school student named Jacob Martinez and his piece, Nightcap is probably one of my favorites."

The Square One exhibit is on the second floor of the St. George Art Museum and all the art pieces differ in medium, style, and message.

“I think even some of these artists are repeat applicants. And some of them, it's kind of interesting to see how their work has evolved,” said Natalie Gula, St. George Art Museum Administrator.

Staff at the St. George Art Museum hang art for Square One, a regional high school exhibition, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.
Staff at the St. George Art Museum hang art for Square One, a regional high school exhibition, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.

Wheeler said she is hoping to see all five counties participate next year and have more students submit their artwork to be showcased and have a chance at winning scholarships. Some artists are also selling their artwork during the show.

“If you didn't participate this year, and you have a high school age student that likes art, I encourage them to participate next year,” Wheeler said.

Square One will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Feb. 5. To learn more about the events at the St. George Art Museum, visit sgcity.org/artmuseum.

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