Wa-Hi student earns top honors in state art show

Madison Filan won the State Board of Education choice for his 3-D space piece ‘Grass Land.'

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OLYMPIA - A Walla Walla High School senior is among 14 students to be chosen as state winners of the 38th annual Superintendent's High School Art Show.

The top students, and regional winners, were recognized Friday during a reception and awards recognition at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction building in Olympia. The art show's theme this year was "Artistic Genius in Washington State!"

Madison Filan, a senior at Wa-Hi, won the State Board of Education choice for his 3-D space piece "Grass Land." The artwork was one of two 3-D entries that earned Filan regional honors at a local competition. The other work is titled "Gold Fish." The works represent three-dimensional art made using a computer.

Filan's "Grass Land" was one of 14 pieces purchased by top state agencies in the competition, which drew student artists from the state's nine education service districts. Five students from the region, part of ESD 123 in Pasco, were among the 14 winners.

Filan's award comes with a $200 cash prize. As part of the competition, "Grass Land" will be on display in the OSPI building for one year, then permanently displayed in the art collection of the State Board of Education. "Grass Land" was the State Board of Education's choice as a winning selection.

Filan's teacher, Dennis DeBroeck, said Filan will attend the Art Institute of Seattle and has earned a $25,000 scholarship.

DeBroeck and Filan, along with Wa-Hi Assistant Principal Kirk Jameson, traveled to Olympia on Friday to accept the award from state Superintendent Randy Dorn. The state's 108 regional winners, their families and teachers were also expected to attend.

About 4,000 pieces were first entered in regional art shows, and from there the top regional winners were selected. Of the regional winners, the top 14 were then chosen for the state awards.

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