It was standing room only at the 2015 Student Award Show presented at the Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills Saturday evening. The Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council, in partnership with the Westlake Village Art Guild, hosts this juried art show annually to offer local, talented teens the chance to compete for and win cash awards to help them pursue their artistic education.
“[We] share the common goals of helping to, first, create a nurturing environment in which the arts can thrive and, secondly, firmly establish the Greater Conejo Valley as a destination for all the arts and one that consistently produces world class artists,” said Craig Morton, show co-chair. “The annual WVAG Student Awards Juried Show is an important part of that effort and I am delighted to be a part of it.”
Out of 241 entries from 128 students this year, 55 students were invited to exhibit and compete for awards. The high schools that were represented were Oak Park, Agoura Hills, Oaks Christian Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park.
There were a total of five first-place winners in the categories of 2D fine art, 3D fine art, color photography, digital photography and monocrome photography.
Lauryn Wood, 17, took home the Best in Show award for her “I Dream of Dallas” done in stippled pen work. “It’s very exciting to be here,” said the Oak Park senior. “I’ve shown my work at the Ventura County Fair. but this is very different.”
Butch Hartman, the animation artist best known for creating the hit Nickelodeon series The Fairly Odd Parents, offered the students words of inspiration during the ceremony and presented the CAC Excellence in the Arts Award to Hannah Rose Balke from Oak Park for her “Reflections.” Though Hartman took photos of several works of art for review, he said he chose Balke’s painting of a young girl in the water looking off in the distance, because it “told a story.”
Balke, 16, said she was overjoyed with just being entered into the competition. “Everything and everyone here is just so amazing,” she said.
Artist Juliet Chayett-Cole and her daugter, Diana, presented the Greg Cole Memorial Award to Sierra Lillian for “Lilly the Wonder” and to Michaela Juels for “Ocean World Perception.”
Our photo gallery below features winners and highlights of the evening. Enjoy!