Each year, ESD staff votes for one art piece in the Southwest Regional High School Art Show to be purchased by the ESD for display on its main campus. Thank you to the 183 staff members who voted! Staff overwhelmingly chose Ocean’s Outlook, a digital mosaic by 11th grader Lazarus Yang of La Center High School. This marks the ESD’s first-ever digital artwork purchased, which presents exciting possibilities for the type of medium we can have it printed on (and how large)!

The 2021 Art Show was held virtually on March 31 through a YouTube Premiere, and this year (to add a bit of drama to an online event) the winners were not announced beforehand. In addition to announcing the winners, the video showcases some of our region’s student artists and teachers in the places they make (and teach) art. All student exhibitors were invited to submit such videos for the show, and seven students chose to do so. Their videos make the show truly unique and meaningful. Thank you to Mary Rentzel, Amelia Holmes, Allison Klump and the rest of the Communications department for your tireless work to make the 2021 Art Show something special for high school artists and their teachers.

If you missed it on March 31, you can watch the 2021 Art Show video anytime. Visit  youtu.be/Lb5GiU94i4Y for the video. For a limited time, you can also view the entire Virtual Art Gallery on the ESD website at www.esd112.org/artshow.