The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Our Stories: High School Artists 2022


May 7 – August 6, 2022

This annual exhibition showcases the creativity and artistic achievement of high school artists across Tucson and Pima County. What unique artistic practices have teachers and student artists developed in classrooms across Southern Arizona? What ideas do young artists want to express, and how do they do it through art? Artworks were chosen for the exhibition and submitted by local high school teachers. We are thrilled to highlight the technical skill and creative thought that these young artists possess.

Five participating artists have also been chosen to receive the Outstanding Emerging High School Artist Award, selected by a jury of faculty from the University of Arizona School of Art and UAMA staff. In partnership with the School of Art, we are excited to offer $1,000 tuition awards to any Outstanding Emerging High School Artist awardee who enrolls as a BA or BFA major at the School of Art in the next two years. Jurors will judge artworks based on craft, originality, overall composition, and development of the idea or concept.

If you are curious about participating in future exhibitions, contact Willa Ahlschwede, willa@arizona.edu, or learn more about the submission guidelines.

Closing Reception:  Saturday August 6, 3:00-4:30pm. Free and open to the public, light refreshments, and recognition ceremony for all student artists.

Image | Jennie Ahn, Have a Vision, 2021, Colored paper and glue, 11th grade, Sabino High School, Teacher: Michael Speir

Outstanding Emerging High School Artist Award Winners (in alphabetical order)

Amber Brenneis, breathless love | Ironwood Ridge High School, Teacher: Jill Menaugh

équinox, in the shadow of the horns | Pima Partnership High School, Teacher: Jared Boone

Julia Nidea, Middle School | Sonoran Science Academy Tucson, Teacher: Kaylee Farnolli

Rebecca Peto, Soy de carne y hueso…..I am Flesh & Bone | Palo Verde Magnet High School, Teacher: Karen Mitchell

Zaida Kretschmar, luxas Cholla High School, Teacher: Sarah Ukiah Hoy

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

Annalisa Figueroa, Pat’s | Tucson High School, Teacher: Sophia Mayorga

Camille Stoxen, Dragons of Pride | Ironwood Ridge High School, Teacher: Jill Menaugh

Jade Reaves, Duality | Empire High School, Teacher: Christine In-Albon

Jennie Ahn, Have a Vision | Sabino High School, Teacher: Michael Speirs

Sabina Mendias, La Michoacana | Tucson High School, Teacher: Sophia Mayorga

Spencer Mannor, Self Portrait | Walden Grove High School, Teacher: Tracy Brown