Astle's Artwork Featured in Utah All-State High School Art Show
The Utah All-State High School Art Show is the largest high school show in the nation. Students from high schools across the state submitted 1,063 entries and less than 30% were juried into the show. Of those, only 70 were selected as award winners. Students' work is judged individually and competes against all the entries in the exhibit, regardless of the school size. Tessa’s beautiful rendition of a Phoenix in watercolor and ink, not only won a Congressional Honorable Mention Award chosen by 4th District Congressman Burgess Owens, but her artwork was featured on the promotional materials for the show. This is the first time a Juab High School art student has created the featured artwork, a rare honor since only one artwork was chosen to be on a large banner and the program cover for the show.
Her parents Aaron and Hilary Astle attended the Awards ceremony at the Springville Museum of Art on Saturday, January 5, where they watched proudly as Tessa accepted the Award certificate, a beautiful writing portfolio, and an American Flag that has flown over the capitol building. Owens encouraged everyone at the event to read Tessa’s thoughtful artist statement about her artwork, Reborn. “Tessa is an ideal student. Her work is always beautifully done. She is sensitive in her rendering and creates meaningful art that reflects her feelings,” stated her art teacher who was also in attendance. Describing her feelings about the event Tessa exclaimed, “ I’m so honored to have gotten an Honorable Mention for my painting Reborn. It was amazing to meet Representative Burgess Owens, and it made me extremely happy that he personally picked my painting. Representative Owens told me that he loved the concept of my painting and loved that it symbolized getting a second chance and having a new beginning. I’m grateful for this wonderful experience, and my art teacher, Mrs. Carter for helping me to enter. I’m also thankful to my parents for always supporting me through everything.” If you would like to see Tessa’s artwork and other amazing art from students across the state the All-State Show will be on exhibit until March 25.
JHS VISUAL ART STERLING SCHOLAR. Tessa Astle, pictured here with her winning entry and the program cover, will represent Juab in the Visual Art category at the Regional Sterling Scholar Competition coming up in the spring. She is an exemplary student maintaining a 4.0 GPA and participating in many extracurricular activities. Tessa is the daughter of Aaron and Hilary Astle.