1st Mukilteo Art Contest a big success

More than 100 entries from all over western Washington
By Brandon Gustafson | Mar 28, 2018
Courtesy of: MYAC “Watercolor Trees” by Akemi Kolar, the first place winner for the elementary school age group.

If the first-ever Mukilteo Art Contest is a look ahead at the future of art, then the future looks very bright indeed.

Mukilteo’s Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) put on the first Mukilteo Art Contest last Wednesday, March 21, at Rosehill Community Center and received submittals from 113 artists.

Some of those artists submitted more than one piece, bringing the total number of submittals to more than 150, according to Karl Almgren, an associate planner for the City of Mukilteo and a member of MYAC.

“The initial cut-off date for entries was going to be Feb. 28, and we (MYAC) received a pretty good push around that date,” said Almgren. “MYAC decided to extend the cut-off date by one week and it grew even more.”

Initially, the contest had some trouble receiving entries, so Almgren was blown away with the number of participants, including some from as far as Thurston County.

“I was expecting around 50 artists, and I would have considered that successful,” Almgren said. “Then when we ended up getting 60, 70, 90, I was like ‘uh oh.’”

At the event, Almgren could be seen making last-minute preparations, grabbing more tables and easels to display the artwork.

Angela Lee, a senior at Kamiak High School who is a member of MYAC, spearheaded the event.

Lee sought out opportunities to participate in arts while growing up, but discovered many of those opportunities were far away from Mukilteo.

“With the creation of this contest, I and my fellow MYAC members intended to give students in the area a local opportunity to be recognized for their artwork, and believed that this contest is important in ensuring that location doesn’t impede anyone from advancing their passion for art, especially as a youth artist,” Lee said.

The contest was divided into three age groups - high school, middle school and elementary school – and the only requirements for entries were they had to be 2-D.

“That really allowed for a lot more flexibility with entries,” Almgren said.

Betty Jo Costanzo, Patty Haller, Cathy Sarkowsky, Chris Sheridan, Sheryl Westergreen and Junko Yamamoto, all artists in western Washington, were judges for the event.

“It was a joy to see the diverse artworks from students of all ages, and it was difficult to narrow down to final award choices,” Haller said. “I saw a lot of talent, skill and imagination. It makes people really happy to see others make art, and I hope everyone continues doing it as a lifelong activity.”

Sheridan echoed Haller’s thoughts on the contest and the entries.

“It has been an honor to be a judge for the Mukilteo Art Contest,” Sheridan said. “I very much enjoyed looking at the selection of work.

“The level of accomplishment and variety made the task of narrowing down quite challenging. It goes without saying that Mukilteo has a wealth of talented young artists in the making.”

Almgren said he was happy with the turnout of the event and how smoothly it ran.

“During the event, a lot of people were thanking us and saying how good they thought the turnout was,” Almgren said. “Most comments were ‘thank you’ just for putting the event on, especially from the parents of elementary school students.”

Almgren says the plan is to make this contest an annual event.

“That’s the goal of MYAC, to make this a yearly thing,” Almgren said. “It can be a little difficult to schedule for the spring because of things like AP testing for the high schoolers and Spring Break.”

Almgren said the dedication that Lee put in to the event was great to see.

“Angela Lee, the amount of work she put into this contest with the rest of the MYAC group was incredible,” Almgren said.

The winners for each age group will have their work hung in Mukilteo City Hall through the end of April.

 

The winners were:

 

Elementary Winners

First Place: Akemi Kolar, Picnic Point Elementary

Second Place: Chloe Hansen, Picnic Point Elementary

Third Place: Lulu Ji, St. Thomas School, Medina

Honorable Mention: Justin Kim, J. Art Academy, Lynnwood

 

Middle School Winners

First Place: Cara Kwoon, Puyallup School District

Second Place: Sangwoo Park, Edmonds School District

Third Place: Larissa Yue, Odle Middle School, Bellevue

Honorable Mention: James Sin, Salish Middle School, Lacey

Honorable Mention: Joshua Kook, Gateway Middle School, Everett

 

High School Winners

First Place: Hyunbee Shin, J. Art Academy, Lynnwood

Second Place: Anthony Ngo, Kamiak High School

Third Place: Erin Park, J. Art Academy, Lynnwood

Honorable Mention: Iris Lee, Kings School, Seattle

Honorable Mention: Jonghoon Lee, J. Art Academy, Lynnwood

Honorable Mention, Tomas Urvizo, Kamiak High School

 

Students, parents and community members checking out the wide selection of art at the first Mukilteo Art Contest. . (Courtesy of: Karl Almgren)
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