Ferris Student Wins Online Art Gallery Competition
Ferris High School Shares Students’ Work with the World
Highland Park, Ill. Sept. 27, 2010 – Artsonia and Blick Art Materials announce a local winner of the national “Artist of the Week” competition. After competing with thousands of students from more than 100 countries showcased on Artsonia’s Web site, Cesar, a 12th grader, from Ferris High School was named a winner last week.
Steve Hunter, the school's art teacher, posted Ferris High Schools students’ artwork using Artsonia, the world's largest online kid's art museum. More than five million of Artsonia's student artwork pieces are viewable online at http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=37384
Any teacher or parent can create an online art gallery for their child or school on the Web site. Each week during the 2010-2011 school year, 48 finalists, 12 from each age group, will appear on the museum Web page at www.artsonia.com/aotw. Parents and family members can demonstrate support for an artist by visiting this page online to vote for their student’s artwork in their own “fan club” and commenting on their guestbook.
After the votes are tallied, one winner from each age category is selected every Sunday. The winners receive a $50 Blick Art Materials gift certificate and the teacher that nominated the winning student receives a $100 Blick Art Materials gift certificate to spend on art supplies for their school’s art education program. Blick Art Materials donated more than $20,000 of gift certificates to Artsonia’s Artist of the Week program to congratulate the weekly winners. In addition, family members can purchase keepsakes imprinted with the child’s artwork, with Artsonia donating 15 percent of its annual product revenue back to school art programs.
“We are involved in many local initiatives to support art and offset budget constrictions in schools and local communities,” said Bob Buchsbaum, CEO of Blick Art Materials. “It is exciting to work with Artsonia on this competition as one way to reward young artists, thank teachers for their support and remind communities that art curriculum can help inspire and support long-term career goals.”
“We encourage everyone to celebrate the creativity that all students put into their artwork, not simply judge work by merit,” said Eric Meidel, president and co-founder of Artsonia. “The Artist of the Week program is designed to give every student an opportunity to be honored for their hard work and it provides another way for families and friends to show pride for their young artist.”
About Blick Art Materials
Founded in Galesburg, Ill., in 1911, Blick Art Materials is one of the largest and oldest providers of art supplies in the United States, with 33 retail stores nationwide and six retail stores in Illinois. Its products cater to the full spectrum of artists — from the youngest child ready to scribble with his or her first crayon to well-known, gallery-represented professionals. The company’s extensive selection, competitive prices and superior customer service make Blick the best choice for art educators, students, artists, architects, designers, hobbyists or anyone requiring quality art materials for work or pleasure. A long-time advocate of art education in the U.S., Blick also provides support of scholastic, collegiate and professional art shows, both financially and through a variety of materials that emphasize the benefits of art education. The company’s corporate office is located in Highland Park, Ill., and its main operations continue to be located in Galesburg, Ill. For more information, please visit www.dickblick.com.
Headquartered in Gurnee, Ill., Artsonia was established in 2000 as an online kid’s art museum providing free, educational resources for kids, families and schools to create art projects. Since its inception, Artsonia continues to integrate technology in the classroom, develop multi-cultural understanding through art and increase family involvement in children’s education. To find out more, visit www.artsonia.com.