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Northwest’s St. Joseph Center recently recognized thee students for artwork they submitted to the center’s annual art contest sponsored by the office of Congressman Sam Graves. Pictured left to right are Northwest Professor of Art Philip Laber, Platte County High School student Reid Walker, Northwest Outreach Project Assistant Matt Whipple, Jackie Stevens of Southwest Airlines, Staley High School students Bailey Becvar and Nina Bui, and Congressman Sam Graves.

Northwest’s St. Joseph Center recently recognized thee students for artwork they submitted to the center’s annual art contest sponsored by the office of Congressman Sam Graves. Pictured left to right are Northwest Professor of Art Philip Laber, Platte County High School student Reid Walker, Northwest Outreach Project Assistant Matt Whipple, Jackie Stevens of Southwest Airlines, Staley High School students Bailey Becvar and Nina Bui, and Congressman Sam Graves.

Jan. 27, 2014

St. Joseph Center displays area talent in annual art show

Artwork by northwest Missouri high school students recently adorned the walls of Northwest Missouri State University’s St. Joseph Center as part of an annual art competition for area high school students.

The art was featured as part of the fourth annual art competition sponsored by Congressman Sam Graves, who represents the Sixth Congressional District of Missouri, and Northwest Outreach.

Northwest Professor of Art Phillip Laber judged this year’s entries submitted by high school students in northwest Missouri and selected the following winners:

Laber said the judging was more difficult this year due to the growth of the competition during the last four years. This year’s contest received 53 entries.

“It’s clearly grown and has become representative of what the high schools and the Sixth District does,” Laber said. “It’s definitely evident that the arts and the creativity of our students will continue to grow.”

Bui said her winning self-portrait, which was created with charcoal, is a reflection on the pressures of living in today’s society.

“It’s based on the idea that it’s really hard to speak up for yourself,” she said. “I wanted to show that and show that you can say what’s on your mind.”

All of the participants were honored at a reception at the Northwest St. Joseph Center Jan. 23, where Graves presented the awards. As the first place winner, Bui receives a free trip to Washington, D.C., provided by Southwest Airlines, to see her artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol along with other winners from across the United States. She also received a $500 scholarship to attend Northwest.

The Northwest St. Joseph Center offers 20 graduate degree and certificate programs including 19 in education ranging from master’s, education specialist and education doctorate degrees, as well as a Master of Business Administration. For more information, contact the St. Joseph Center at 816.364.5000 or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/stjoe.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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