This is a news release from the Laurel School District
The Laurel Middle School Advanced Art students recently completed a project inspired by Artist Vik Muniz documentary “Waste Land.”
The students created self-portraits based on photographs taken in character poses and collages from trash and other repurposed materials. Following the completion of the unit, five pieces were entered in the Scholastic Art Awards hosted by the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Out of 1,566 pieces submitted from across the state, four Laurel Middle School students received awards and two of those students will now compete at the national level.
(Pictured from left) Ann Dong was awarded a Gold Key Award for her self-portrait, Mireya Yepes was named an American Visions Nominee for her self-portrait, Kimberlyn Mai received an Honorable Mention for her self-portrait and Keisy Hartman received an Honorable Mention for her collage made from magazine pages. Both Dong and Yepes will now compete in the national Scholastic Art Awards. All four students' pieces will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art February 7 – April 12.