Thanks to the many students who entered Sooper Art 2013, the art competition inspired by the book, Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender, by Mark Heckman and Mark Newman. The fourth annual environmental art contest, sponsored by the Wege Foundation and hosted by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, drew many creative entries and this made judging a challenge. There were many excellent pieces that were worthy of merit, but we were limited to honoring a total of 16 in each age group. Whether it was a matter of originality or the choice of theme that made the difference, rest assured that our decisions were difficult and purely subjective. The choice for the top award was especially hard as two or three other pieces were judged equally worthy. Please note that many of the pieces need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
The students listed below received invitations to a special reception celebrating the winners on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Cook Auditorium. A total of 15 winners in each age group were honored on stage. Each was presented with a certificate and a check for $100 as their artwork was projected on a large screen so they could pose with their award and artwork. The three winners of the $250 Mark Heckman Special Merit Award (one in each age group) were announced during the award ceremony.
You can view a gallery of the winning artwork by clicking the link found toward the bottom of this page. Congratulations to all of the winning students, including our first three-time winner, Eleanor Iorio and two-time winners Ethan Karnes, Alexa Pearson and Alex Yang.
In addition, the Grand Rapids Art Museum will hold a Sooper Art Highlights Exhibition, which will be on display inside GRAM until early February. The exhibition will showcase all Mark Heckman Special Merit Award winners from the first four years of the contest, plus eight honorable mentions. Age 5-8 Winners: Joelle Alferink, 7; Dutton Christian Clara Allen, 8; Grand Traverse Academy Eloise Byerwalter, 5; Bauerwood Elementary Abby Cox, 8; The Potter’s House Anjali Diekevers, 8; Byron Center Christian Sylvia Freeland, 8; Kent City Elementary Grace Grabowski, 8; Wattles Elementary Amelia Iorio, 5; Wealthy Elementary Ava Korte, 8; Immaculate Heart Of Mary Alexandria Kostreba, 8; Wattles Elementary Vicki Mu, 8; Meadowbrook Elementary Eredge Najam, 7; Leonard Elementary Vandya Nedle, 6; Wattles Elementary Alexa Pearson, 7; Emmons Lake Elementary Tess Willison, 8; Immaculate Heart Of Mary
Age 9-12 Winners: Angela Anderanin, 10; Wattles Elementary Adam Carey, 11; Nickels Intermediate Kevin Chang, 9; Bemis Elementary Eleanor Iorio, 11; East Grand Rapids Middle Regan Lee, 11; Detroit Country Day Middle Jingjia Li, 10; Bemis Elementary Hayden Long, 11; Schoolcraft Elementary Sandhya Manivasagam, 10; Bemis Elementary Emma McCloud, 12; Byron Center West Middle Anna Pavlak, 12; Byron Center West Middle Purvi Raj, 10; Bemis Elementary Anjana Suresh, 11; Smith Middle Erin Turnbach, 9; Wattles Elementary Alexander Yang, 9; Wattles Elementary Anthony Zhang, 12; Boulan Park Middle
Age 13-17 Winners: Jimmy Cobb, 14; North Muskegon High Liz Diemer, 17; NorthPointe Christian High Hannah Flier, 17; Byron Center High Ethan Karnes, 17; Byron Center High Rachael Kruithof, 17; South Christian High Brianna Naughton, 13; Smith Middle Teada Ngin, 17; Careerline Tech Center Jessica Owen, 17; South Christian High Joel Palmateer, 17; Careerline Tech Center Josiah Sherk, 14; Forest Hills Eastern High Maggie Tolsma, 16; NorthPointe Christian High Gabriella Vick, 17; Careerline Tech Center Emily Westhouse, 15; South Christian High Alaina Wierenga, 16; South Christian High Zoe Wilson, 16; Careerline Tech Center