Congratulations to Our 2022 High School Art Invitational Winning Classrooms!

In March every year since 1994, Pima County Public Library exhibits artwork from local youth artists at the Joel Valdez Main Library. The High School Art Invitational is online only this year, and this year 21 art and photography teachers responded to our call and submitted over 100 images and videos of student work.

Here’s the link to the Flickr album with the full display.

While the event is more about highlighting the creativity, talent and effort of local youth, a prize to the winning teacher’s set of classrooms was awarded. A jury of artists, librarians and arts professionals looked at the art and the winning classrooms will get a delivery of fresh baked cookies for the students and $300 worth of art supplies for the teacher. The winning Film and TV classrooms will receive $100 worth of supplies.

Winning Classrooms

The winning classrooms for the photography and art category this year are from Flowing Well’s High School, taught by Lisa Sekulich. The jury applauds the work she’s done to get the students where they are artistically and admires the range of themes, originality and creativity in the work and the technical skill of the students. View the winning art on Flickr, and you can see six of her students’ artwork below.

The winning Film and TV classrooms are from Walden Grove High School, taught by Jorgiana Jake. The jury appreciated the theme of the entries and the creativity of the students. View the winning videos here or see below.

The arts are powerful and help youth make sense of the world. Supporting youth art means a lot to us here at the library and we recognize the creativity and effort of all who participated.  

Here are the winners' art pieces

Click on an image to see it larger.

Here are the winners’ videos

Click to watch the videos on Flickr.

We’d like to thank the following teachers who took the time to participate:

Lisa Sekulich Flowing Wells High School
Kala Phelps Tanque Verde High School
Curtis Dutiel Desert View High School
Danielle Rutherford Sahuarita High School
Cristina Lieberman Marana High School
James Bourland Tucson High Magnet School
Elizabeth McCowin Walden Grove High School
Ben Koss Empire High School
Amy Wood Sky Islands High School
Ukiah Hoy Cholla High School
Kalen Gillingham Academy of Tucson High School
Karen Mitchell Palo Verde Magnet High School
Betina Fink Salpointe Catholic High School
Cassandra Thomas Desert Christian High School
Kaylee Farnolli Sonoran Science Academy Tucson
Tracy Brown Walden Grove High School
William Lewis Immaculate Heart High School
Cam Tran Presidio School
Jorgiana Jake Walden Grove High School
Derek Marshall Sahuarita High School
Traci Kelly Desert View High School