Art News

Ms. Dease selected WCCO's first Excellent Educator of the 2019-20 School Year!

Sept. 25, 2019: Congratulations to WHS' art teacher, Chris Dease who was nominated and selected as an Excellent Educator. View the video of WCCO's Kim Johnson surprise Ms. Dease with her award.

WHS Artists receive 2018 Scholastic Art Award

2018 Scholastic Winners

The names of the WHS students in the 2018 Scholastic Arts Winners picture:
Front Row Left to Right: Jack Degnan, Aylyssa (Raz) Razskazoff, Annika Bjerke, Megan Smith, Mairin Barrett, Alice Shaw, Ashley Ochoa

Back Row Left to Right: Kylea Krahler, Anna Ciliske, Jill Ahmann, Jenny Li, Gemma Warren, Ethan Peters

Not pictured: Nadia Porycky, Mya Broich

South Washington County Schools is excited to announce Woodbury High School has received 20 awards in the 2018 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Contest.

Awards received include 7 Gold Keys, 6 Silver Keys, and 7 Honorable Mentions. Gold Key works automatically advance to national judging in New York City. Nationally renowned creative professionals review Gold Key works from across the country and select work for national recognition based on three criteria: Originality, Technical Skill, and Emergence of a Personal Vision or Voice.

A Ceremony will be held at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on February 17, 2018.
The exhibition of Gold Key Awards will be held at the Regis Center for Art (West) from January 30 to February 17, 2018.

All award recipients from Woodbury High School are as follows:

7 Gold Key Awards – Will be exhibited at the Regis Gallery and will move onto the national competition.

  • Jill Ahmann for an animated film
  • Annika Bjerke for drawing
  • Jenny Li for 2 drawings
  • Ashley Ochoa for ceramics
  • Alice Shaw for digital art
  • Alyssa (Raz) Razskazoff for photography

6 Silver Key Awards - Will be in a slideshow at the Regis Gallery

  • Anika Bjerke for a painting and digital art (2 awards)
  • Mya Broich for ceramics
  • Anna Ciliske for ceramics
  • Nadia Porycky for painting
  • Megan Smith for Painting

7 Honorable Mentions – Will be on the Scholastic Website

  • Mairin Barrett for photography
  • Anna Ciliske for ceramics
  • Jack Degnan for ceramics
  • Kylea Krahler for Drawing
  • Jenny Li for Drawing
  • Ethan Peters for Photography
  • Gemma Warren for Digital Art

Congratulations WHS Artists!!

WHS artists receive 55 awards in the 2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Contest

2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards

The names of the WHS students in the 2017 Scholastic Arts Winners picture:
Front Row Left to Right: Myranda Broich, Jenna Penticoff, Roya Ojarood, Nadia Porycky, Shawna Reagan, Ava Frase, Chaya Gangsei, Jenny Li, Emma Kranz
Back Row Left to Right: Madison Frederick, Aleah Ryan, Jazmin Weidell, Olivia Boffeli, David Blong, Jill Ahmann, Johanna Nevin, Ryan Hamilton, Gemma Warren, Isabella DelCastillo
Not pictured: Ally Griebler, Cecile Kieger, Emma Lyons, Felix Oh, Beatrice Peters

South Washington County Schools is excited to announce Woodbury High School has received 55 awards in the 2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Contest, setting a new record in awards brought home from this prestigious competition.

Awards received include 10 Gold Keys, 15 Silver Keys, and 30 Honorable Mentions. 50 of the 55 Awards were given to WHS students who are or have been in the WHS Advanced Placement Studio Arts Program.

Additionally, Senior Isabella DelCastillo received The American Vision Award as “Best of Show” for her photograph titled, “Discussion of Cheese.” Her artwork will represent the midwest at the national level. The artists of the five most outstanding works of art from all of the artwork entered in each regional competition receive the American Vision Award. All regional winners will then compete on the national level as “American Vision nominees.”

All award recipients from Woodbury High School are as follows:

10 Gold Key Awards

  • Photographs - Olivia Boffeli Portfolio (8 photographs), Isabella DelCastillo, Emma Lyons, Gemma Warren
  • Paintings - Felix Oh (3 awards), Nadia Porycky (2 awards)
  • Graphic Design - Shawna Reagan

15 Silver Key Awards

  • Photographs - David Blong (2 awards), Olivia Boffeli, Ally Griebler (2 awards), Emma Kranz (3 awards), Emma Lyons, Roya Ojarood (2 awards), Jenna Penticoff (3 awards), Jazmin Weidell

30 Honorable Mention Awards

  • Photographs - Jill Ahmann (2 awards), Olivia Boffeli (3 awards), Chaya Gangsei (2 awards), Roya Ojarood (2 awards), Jenna Penticoff (2 awards), Johanna Nevin, Gemma Warren, Jazmin Weidell (3 awards)
  • Ceramics - Myranda Broich, Ava Frase, Madison Frederick, Ryan Hamilton, Cecile Kieger, Beatrice Peters (3 awards), Aleah Ryan
  • Painting – Jenny Li, Nadia Porycky, Felix Oh (2 awards – 1 Painting, 1 Portfolio – 9 drawings and paintings)
  • Graphic Design - Shawna Reagan

This year the Minnesota competition had more than 4300 entries submitted. Any student (Public, Private, or Home Schooled) in grades 7-12 was eligible to submit one or more works of art. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have become the nation's largest and longest running program of its kind.

Since 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. The Jurors look for originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Works that are judged as being successful for inclusion in the 2017 exhibit are awarded: a Gold Key Award, a Silver Key Award or an Honorable Mention.

The Art exhibition is held at the U of M Regis Center for Arts from Jan. 31-Feb. 18.

May 2016

WHS Students Recognized at Art Exhibit

WHS Students Recognized at Art Exhibit

Pictured: Betty McCollum and Jenna Penticoff

Congratulations to two talented WHS Artists for being winners in "An Artistic Discovery," the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Only 3 works of art were selected to represent the 4th Congressional District (Ramsey County and Central Washington County). Congresswoman Betty McCollum was there to announce and award the the winners representing her district.

Jenna Penticoff's photograph won second place and will be on display for a year in the 4th Congressional Washington D.C. office. Elise Salas¹s Drawing won third place and her work will be on display for a year in Betty McCollum's St. Paul Office. Their artwork was also featured at the Landmark Gallery in the Schmidt Artist Lofts during the Spring 2016 St.
Paul Art Crawl. This contest was open to all public and private high school students who live in the 4th Congressional District.

The WHS Art Department is very proud to have two of the three award-winning students
selected for this honor!

April 2016

WHS Students Recognized at Art Exhibit

Woodbury HS artists whose work was selected for the 59th Annual Les Farrington’s Best 100 Juried Art Exhibition sponsored by the St Paul Jaycees. Nearly 1,000 works of art from Saint Paul area public and private schools were delivered to the AZ Gallery in St. Paul to be evaluated by 3 professional local artists. The student artwork was judged on originality, creativity, and execution. Only the “ best 100 works of art ” are selected and displayed in this art show.

best 100 works of art

Front Row (left to right): Nadia Porycky, Kayla Haugen, Sarah Masood, Jenna Penticoff, Rylie Lonetti; Back Row (left to right): Margaret Humsey, Grace Chandler, Jayha Kroening, Madison Frederick, Felix Oh; Not pictured : Baily Meysembourg, Aleah Ryan, Roya Ojawood

13 WHS students and 18 works of art were selected for this honor. 11 of these students created their artwork to include in their AP Studio Art Portfolio.Here is a the list of talented artists and their chosen media:

  • Ceramics: Aleah Ryan, Bailey Meysembourg, Margaret Humsey, and Rylie Lonetti
  • Drawing: Kayla Haugen
  • Mixed Media Paintings: Felix Oh, Madison Frederick, and Nadia Porycky
  • Photography: Grace Chandler, Jayha Kroening, Jenna Penticoff (2 of her photos were selected), and Roya Ojarood
  • Senior Portfolio of 5 Related Mixed Media Paintings: Sarah Masood

Several cash prizes were given to exceptional artwork:

    Bailey Meysembourg and Jenna Penticoff

  • Bailey Meysembourg and Jenna Penticoff each received $50 Merit Awards
  • Sarah Masood (pictured with art work) received one of the highest honors in the exhibition and was awarded $1000 for her Senior Portfolio. Her 5 award winning mixed media illustrations were created for a book she has written. These paintings also helped her earn AP college credit and a score of “5” on her 2015 AP Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio.

2016 Scholastic Art Fair

Art Winners

February 2016

WHS Students Recognized by Minn. Scholastic Art Fair: Congratulations to our talented WHS artists for recognition of 39 art works!