Celebration of Youth Art Month: Young Talent in Oklahoma Selections and Student Awards/Scholarships

Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month, which includes art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers the program at the national level, with the Oklahoma Art Education Association (OAEA) overseeing many of these activities. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

In celebration of Youth Art Month, students at Yukon High School have had their work submitted to the Young People’s Art Exhibit at the Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center and works were submitted to Young Talent in Oklahoma (YTIO). The YTIO competition is one of the largest juried competitions in the state and recognizes individual works of art as well as seniors who have completed a portfolio of six artworks. Artwork accepted into YTIO will be displayed at Oklahoma Christian University in the Garvey Art Center from March 18 to April 7, 2018. 

Young Talent in Oklahoma Selections

Congratulations to the following students who had work selected to hang in the annual Young Talent in Oklahoma Competition. 

Billy Callan (one work selected)
Jadyn Miranda (two works selected)
Kaitlyn Penick (one work selected and Senior Portfolio Top 10 finalist)
Kyra Thomas (one work selected)
Taylor Frias (one work selected)
Breanna Oden (one work selected)
Tien Tran (one work selected and Senior Portfolio Top 10 finalist)
Paetra Dolan (one work selected)
Shayla Chaparro (one work selected)
Giselle Ordaz (one work selected)
Alesis Contla (one work selected)
Kaitlyn Hunt (one work selected)
Clyde Ross (one work selected)

Over 900 general entries and 70 senior portfolios were submitted to this year’s competition. Only 165 general entry works and 10 senior portfolios were selected to hang this year. This year marks the first time that YHS has had two students place in the top 10 for Senior Portfolios and the fifth year in a row YHS has placed in the top 10. The top three Senior Portfolio Scholarship winners will be announced on April 7 during the YTIO awards ceremony. Below are the individual works from YHS that were accepted:

Below are the two senior portfolios accepted:


Scholarships and Awards

For our continued celebration of Youth Art Month, several YHS art students deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements in the visual arts and academia. To date, the 12 AP Studio Art students have been awarded more than $140,000 in scholarship and award funds.

  • AP Studio Senior Billy Callan was awarded a $1,000 art scholarship by Oklahoma State University to continue his studio art studies at the post-secondary level. 
  • AP Studio Senior Henry Ashby received the $15,000 Professor’s Scholarship from the Kansas City Arts Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. The scholarship is renewable for four years for a total of $60,000.
  • AP Studio Senior Tien Tran has been named a National Merit Finalist and has been awarded a five-year $64,000 National Merit scholarship package by the University of Oklahoma. From March until June, National Merit Finalists will be notified if they are one of the 7,500 Finalists who have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. 
  • AP Studio Senior Breanna Oden received the Freshman Distinction Tuition Wavier Scholarship for $1,000 from the University of Central Oklahoma where she will study Kinesiology. 
  • AP Studio Senior Jadyn Miranda received the Freshman Honors Scholarship for $2,500 from the University of Central Oklahoma where she will study Art Education. She also received the $1,000 Freshman Distinction Scholarship from UCO.
  • AP Studio Senior Brooklin Layman was awarded 3rd place in the 38th Annual Best of College and High School Photography Contest and will receive a $500 cash prize. Brooklin’s photo was selected from more than 2,000 entries from across the United States. The contest is sponsored by Photographer’s Forum Magazine and FUJIFILM. She also received the Freshman Honors Scholarship for $1,000 from the University of Central Oklahoma where she will study Photography.

Momentum 2018

Don’t forget to check out Momentum this Friday or Saturday at the Gold Dome in Oklahoma City! Momentum is an exhibition of some of the brightest talent in Oklahoma under the age of 30, and YHS student Tien Tran will have two works in the show. Advanced tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased here. Otherwise, they are $15 at the door. 

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