Celebrate The West

Celebrate the West is a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. The 2018 winners were announced at the WGA Annual Meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota.

2018 Winners

WGA is pleased to announce the winners in the third annual Western Governors’ Association Celebrate the West regional art competition, which challenged high school students to create two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state. 

More than 450 works of art from the 19 WGA member states, as well as Guam, were entered in the competition sponsored by the Western Governors’ Association.

Karina Yang of Hamilton High School in Arizona took home First Place ($1,000) for her acrylic painting, The Old and the Young. Hadley Smith of Cheyenne Public Schools in Oklahoma took second place ($500) for their oil painting titled Sammy. Third place ($300) was awarded to Nomingerel Barsbold of Newport High School in Washington for the acrylic painting, The Emerald City

You can see all the winning works in the slideshow below, as well as a complete list of winners.

Rhythm That Runs Through the Beauty of Nature, acrylic paint

Kailey Edenshaw, Ketchikan High School, Alaska

The Old and the Young, acrylic paint

Karina Yang, Hamilton High School, Arizona

Breathtaking, oil paint

Layla Lee Choi, Sunny Hills High School, California

The Fondest of Forests, watercolor

Kayelynn Montague, Big Sandy High School, Colorado

New Horizon, acrylic paint

Michael Fernandez, Simon A. Sanchez High School, Guam

Fire Dancer, acrylic paint

Elizabeth Hashimoto,, Homeschool, Hawaii

Adrift, charcoal and white chalk

Caroline Bass, Renaissance High School, Idaho

Reminiscing, graphite and charcoal

Alexandria Hagermen, Hays High School, Kansas

The Field, watercolor

Gabe Goll, Belgrade High School, Montana

My Rooster Zeus, colored pencil

Anna Currier, Bancroft-Rosalie High School, Nebraska

Abandoned, oil paint

Jakob Sprague, Alpine Academy, Nevada

Taos Sunsets, oil paint

Autumn McNabb, Academy for Technology and the Classics, New Mexico

Main Street, oil paint

Joel Anderson, Tioga High School, North Dakota

Sammy, oil paint

Hadley Smith, Cheyenne Public Schools, Oklahoma

Rodeo Veteran, graphite pencil

Gabriel Schwepler, Homeschool, Oregon

In the Distance, acrylic paint

Brady Umberger, Spearfish High School, South Dakota

A Cowboy's Spirit, acrylic paint

Hannah Li, William D. Clements High School, Texas

Mother Nature's Monuments, acrylic paint

Brynleigh Rosier, Granger High School, Utah

The Emerald City, acrylic paint

Nomingerel Barsbold, Newport High School, Washington

Respect, colored pencil

Lakin Reichert, Guernsey-Sunrise High School, Wyoming

Here are the state winners in the third annual Celebrate the West competition:

  • Alaska: Kailey Edenshaw, Ketchikan High School, Rhythm That Runs Through the Beauty of Nature, acrylic paint
  • Arizona: Karina Yang, Hamilton High School, The Old and the Young, acrylic paint
  • California: Layla Lee Choi, Sunny Hills High School, Breathtaking, oil paint
  • Colorado: Kayelynn Montague, Big Sandy High School, The Fondest of Forests, watercolor
  • Guam: Michael Fernandez, Simon A. Sanchez High School, New Horizon, acrylic paint
  • Hawaii: Elizabeth Hashimoto, Homeschool, Fire Dancer, acrylic paint
  • Idaho: Caroline Bass, Renaissance High School, Adrift, charcoal and white chalk
  • Kansas: Alexandria Hagermen, Hays High School, Reminiscing, graphite and charcoal
  • Montana: Gabe Goll, Belgrade High School, The Field, watercolor
  • Nebraska: Anna Currier, Bancroft-Rosalie High School, My Rooster Zeus, colored pencil
  • Nevada: Jakob Sprague, Alpine Academy, Abandoned, oil paint
  • New Mexico: Autumn McNabb, Academy for Technology and the Classics, Taos Sunsets, oil paint
  • North Dakota: Joel Anderson, Tioga High School, Main Street, oil paint
  • Oklahoma: Hadley Smith, Cheyenne Public Schools, Sammy, oil paint
  • Oregon: Gabriel Schwepler, Homeschool, Rodeo Veteran, graphite pencil
  • South Dakota: Brady Umberger, Spearfish High School, In the Distance, acrylic paint
  • Texas: Hannah Li, William D. Clements High School, A Cowboy's Spirit, acrylic paint
  • Utah: Brynleigh Rosier, Granger High School, Mother Nature's Monuments, acrylic paint
  • Washington: Nomingerel Barsbold, Newport High School, The Emerald City, acrylic paint
  • Wyoming: Lakin Reichert, Guernsey-Sunrise High School, Respect, colored pencil

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