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April 12, 2018

On April 9-10, the Bethesda Christian School Art team traveled to Waco to compete in the 2018 TAPPS State Art Competition. With a total of 34 entries and 153 points, our artists brought home the 2A state title! Congratulations to the new TAPPS 2A Art Champions!

BCS art instructor Anna Gill stated "I am delighted for our State Champion Artists who are bright, diligent and take the initiative to push the limits of their creativity to new heights. God has continued to show BCS artists great favor as this year we brought home 1st place at TAPPS State Art Competition for 2018. We look forward to pushing our creativity even further next year!"

Nine Ambassadors placed among the top three in their categories. Madison Sanford took first in Pottery for her thrown clay creation, Ecstacy, while Madeline Parish won the 2D Mixed Media category for Fontaine d'oiseaux. In Art History, a category that requires participants to take a written exam rather than submit artwork, Taylen Day, Natasha Bell and Madeline Parish placed first, second and third, respectively. In Communication Design, Jaxon Edwards finished first with Back on Top.

Other top-place awards were earned by Abby Gruenbaum in Fashion Design for The Mary Jane (1st); Casey Rivero for 2D Mixed Media for More Life (3rd); Emily Schumacher in Photography—Black and White for Surfacing (3rd); Miranda Rutledge in Short Film—Narrative for January 8th (2nd); Natasha Bell in Seek and Sketch—Color (1st); and Taylen Day in Printmaking for From the Serpent (1st)and in Relief for The Letter "T" (3rd). 

Other students whose entries placed in each category are:

Drawing—Black and White: Abby Gruenbaum, fifth place; Grace Blair, honorable mention
Drawing—Color: Natasha Bell, fourth place
Communication Design: Emily Schumacher, fourth place
Computer-Rendered Art: Abbi Escamilla, fifth place; Keith Emery, sixth place
Painting: Taylen Day, fourth place; Natasha Bell, honorable mention
Photography—Color: Miranda Coffey, fourth place; Miranda Rutledge, seventh place
Sculpture: Madison Sanford, fourth place; Payton Young, honorable mention
On-site Drawing: Abby Gruenbaum, fourth place

Mrs. Gill expressed her thanks to the BCS administration for its support of the fine arts program. “I wouldn’t be able to do all that we do with media without the support of our leadership,” she added.

Interested in seeing the students' art? Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 8 for the Spring Band Concert and Gallery Night!