Laramie High School Students will be participating in the Wyoming Art Symposium next week.
      The symposium will be held in the Casper Events Center April 19-21.
      The annual event is put on by the Wyoming Secondary Art Educators Association (WSAEA).
      More than 4000 pieces of artwork are exhibited by approximately 1500 students from across the state.
      The intent of the art symposium is to allow students to showcase their creativity, as well as to view other art and styles from high school artists around the state.
      “Every year I like to create something that I was inspired by from what I saw from years before in pieces that really impress me,” LHS senior Claudia Pursley said.
      After putting their pieces up for display the students are welcome to explore the floor and vote for their favorite 2D piece and their favorite 3D piece for the student choice awards.
      The exposition will be open and free to the public, on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      The students will be participating in various organized activities, demonstrations, workshops and contests on Thursday, April 19, in the evening.
      On Friday, in the morning, the students are encouraged to visit with the college and art institution representatives that will be attending the event.
      The award ceremony will take place in the evening on Friday, at 7 p.m. The award categories include scholarship winners, 2D student choice awards, 3D student choice awards, Congressional awards and winners of the contests on Thursday.
      WSAEA awards two $1500 scholarships and four $1000 scholarships to current high school seniors.
      “Passion,” is what Ricki Klages, head of the University of Wyoming Art Department said she was looking for when considering scholarships. “I can spot that passion immediately in the art that pops out because it has this spark. It gives you a new point of view, a thoughtfulness, a high level of skill, or something else that is just different. I look for something that touches my heart and I can hear a voice inside of it.”
      There will also be an art raffle and a silent auction featuring art pieces donated to the symposium by high school art teachers from around the state. The money raised will go toward the WSAEA scholarship fund.
      “I mostly just like to go because it’s fun to just show your art and see everyone else’s, even if you don’t win,” senior Vera Wickiser said.
      Students spend a varied amount of time on their projects, some since the beginning of the school year to prepare while others begin right before the competition. It is also an option to bring in your own work from outside of class or from a previous year.
      This year will be the 50th anniversary symposium.