Student Artwork Gains State and National Attention
SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARDS
When Dalia Chairez ’24 saw how the light was hitting the wall behind her father, Julian, she knew she had to capture it. When the photo earned a Gold Key at both the state and national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, she was surprised. “I wasn’t expecting to win at all, but I am really proud of this piece because it has this sort of moodiness to it that I really like,” she said.
In addition to Chairez, Irene Gay ’21 earned a national Gold Key in writing for her poem, “Sometimes We See Ourselves.” She also earned a national Silver Key for her flash fiction short story, “Mary, by Mary.”
MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART
Two students were chosen to represent University School of Milwaukee in an exhibit at Museum of Wisconsin Art: Madeleine Megal ’21 and Gregory Smith ’22. The exhibit was titled “Myself When I Am Real: A Teen Perspective on Identity” and included work from 12 area high schools. Students were asked to create art that addresses the theme of identity and the students’ unique takes on the relationship between art, place, and character.
Generosity on Display
Students created unique garden sculptures, which were auctioned off in May, generating $1,540. All proceeds benefitted Artists Working in Education, a local non-profit. Many thanks to the Visual Arts faculty Christina Dresang, Sarah Markwald, Jessica Michels, and Priscilla Woods, who spearheaded the project.
Heavy Medal Musicians
Seventeen students competed in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s State Solo and Ensemble Festival in May, earning either a gold, silver, or bronze medal. To qualify for state, students had to earn a “starred first” rating in Class A, the most difficult music, at the district level.