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A Deeper Look into M"Art"Ch Madness 2024

With over 60 submissions during this year's competition, the Arts for Life Utah team was privileged to view fantastic creativity on behalf of students of all ages. Although not every student who submitted won a prize, we want to feature more of our favorite works from this year's pool of submissions. Read below to get to know some of our student submitters and their artist statements.

Emma Lewis: This is a poem of two people who were mad at each other and thought the other person did it, but through the fire they find love and create a connection. What I love about this poem is that you can add your own take on this story, and come up with an idea of what the fire was and what really happened. Also, the repetition in this poem can help show that even though two people are going through different things, they still can have similar feelings. 

Miller Winkle: This picture is representing my favorite song, Roar, by Katy Perry. When I listen to it, I feel connected to the jungle.

Jed MacGill: This is Abraham Lincoln. Art helps connect me to history. 

Kaytlynn Schnabel: This painting is abstract art that could either be the northern lights or a deep ocean scene. I painted this because that was what I was feeling; kind of a dark blue with shades of teal and glints of white at the top corner.

Camilla Ericksen: With big community murals, it’s usually common to have a large group help out and contribute all at once. But, even on a small scale, the effects are still the same! I read a part in a philosophical book once that talked about how art is meaningless, until a person finds meaning in it. But, perhaps when making art with someone else, it always has had meaning. Within the journey, we find the greatest meaning. What is appreciation of art that has no story? What is a goal with only the result? We do not need to find meaning in this type of art, because it was already there all along.  When working on a mural with a group, you connect. Those connections, brought by painting magnificent portraits and designs with someone else, might be a whole different form of art in itself. Finding connections through art. Whether it be talking to someone about a new project you have going on, or a sibling adding their own little abstract pizazz to your flawless work, it all grows connection. That connection grows significance.  I made this illustration, because it’s the first thing that popped up into my mind when I read the prompt. You can interpret this however you want. (The boy on the right was just taking some artistic liberties. He’ll be the next Van Gogh!)

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