Seven current and former Westlake High School students had their artwork selected for the 2012-2013 RotoArt International High School Student Art Contest in New Zealand.
The RotoArt contest is an initiative of the RotoArt Charitable Trust of New Zealand. Artwork from WHS seniors Kelsea Patterson, Anna Boor and Maria Kuhn, junior Kylie Hulver, and WHS graduates Grace Cristiano, Wan Kwok and Ben Thurstone, was among 43 pieces chosen worldwide for finalist status and exhibition in New Zealand. Westlake High School is the only U.S. school represented in the finalist stage of the contest. Other countries represented include Turkey, China, Nigeria, Poland, Egypt, India, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Philippines, Australia, India and New Zealand.
Westlake’s participation was made possible by Westlake Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr.’s standing as a Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club member. WHS art teacher Kelly Atkinson submitted the art to the contest.
A panel of judges will choose the four best pieces in each division – students who reside in New Zealand and The Cook Islands, and students living elsewhere – along with special merit awards. An awards ceremony will be held in February 2014.
Winning art will earn a $1,000 cash award for the artist’s school. The first-place winner will earn a 21-day trip to New Zealand as a guest of Rotary Clubs. Second place earns a cash prize of $500, and third and fourth places each earn $250.
All finalist works will go on sale at the exhibition, with the sale proceeds going to the artist, less a 25 percent commission. Unsold works will be donated to children’s hospitals and organizations for display. For more information visit http://www.rotoart.org/.