Numerous Mountain Area student artists and poets have been chosen as winners by the Ansel Adams Gallery at Yosemite National Park, where their works will be displayed until Saturday along with an awards ceremony.
Among the many winners in the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest, from schools such as Oak Creek Intermediate, Wawona Elementary, and Oakhurst Elementary School, was Isaac Rumohr of Yosemite High, who won the Ansel Adams Award.
Rumohr said he was “blown away” by the win, especially because his pen-and-ink painting of Ansel Adams was the first non-photographic piece to ever win the award in the contest’s five-year history.
“I had no idea I would win,” Rumohr said. “I can’t hardly even comprehend it. It’s pretty awesome.”
“We wanted to make sure gateway community youth have a connection to the park and an opportunity to reflect on the things they love about Yosemite,” added Shauna Potocky, the park’s director of education and youth programs. “We wanted to create a way to bring art and poetry into the classroom in a way that’s easier for teachers.”
Student artwork, including poetry and photography, will be displayed at the Ansel Adams Gallery from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, with the awards ceremony from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
If there is inclement weather the reception will be held in the Valley Auditorium behind the Valley Visitor Center.
Contest winners include:
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery sponsored the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest in September.
Over 250 submissions were received, a record, from local community schools. Artwork was divided into categories and winning pieces were selected by park staff and park partners.
The Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest celebrates the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. This year the contest featured artwork from a record number of school districts including Bass Lake Joint Union, Big Oak Flat Groveland Unified, Bishop Unified, Chawanakee Unified, Eastern Sierra Unified, Mammoth Unified, Mariposa County Unified, Raymond-Knowles Union, and Yosemite Unified. Featured artwork was also submitted from schools in Tuolumne County and Sonora.
Students submitted a wide range of art and poetry including collages, paintings, and photography highlighting the iconic experiences and vistas of Yosemite National Park. The contest also featured a special category this year in honor of the National Park Service Centennial. Submissions to this category included art and poetry inspired by the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.
The Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest is made possible through the generous support of the Yosemite Conservancy.