BANDON — Bandon High School junior Dayle Bivens won Best of Show in the VISION 2015 Art Show, an annual high school art competition underwritten by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation now on display at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay.
Bivens won for her watercolor and ink painting titled "Feminism by definition is ..."
The painting is of actor Emma Watson, and the background is filled with the speech Watson gave at the United Nations that inspired a campaign called "he for she,” according to Jen Ells, art teacher at Bandon High.
Billie Ray Ward, also a BHS junior, won Second of Show with, "The Continuation of Imagination,” a pen drawing of highly detailed designs and imaginative drawings.
Each student won a two-year tuition waiver at SWOCC with their artwork. Bivens also won a $250 cash prize, and Ward won a $75 cash prize.
There are three SWOCC tuition waiver prizes given at the VISION show. The other was won by Courtney Bay, a junior from Brookings-Harbor High School, who was awarded First Place of Show for an untitled acrylic painting. Bay received a two-year tuition waiver to attend SWOCC along with a $100 cash-purchase award.
BHS senior Emily Brokaw won first place in the 12th grade division with a ceramic piece titled, "Tentacles.” Junior Sylvia Gaittan won third place in the 11th grade division with a mixed media painting, "What's On My Mind.”
Other students chosen to represent Bandon High School in the show were Paige Smith, Kyler Green, Donnegal Gordon, Becky Larson and Mikayla Mache. Smith won a tuition waiver last year for her piece entitled “Twiggy.”
“It's awesome to have two of the top three prizes go to Bandon students,” Ells said. “Both Dayle and Billie Ray are prolific artists with incredible depth, and it's great to give them this recognition.”
Ells said Bivens didn't originally submit anything to her for this year's VISION competition because she wasn't confident with any of her work this year.
“Dayle won second place for her grade level twice, and I know she really wanted to surpass that somehow,” Ells said. “This painting she did very quickly, in maybe four days. I had given an assignment based on an iconic figures, and students were to incorporate words into the drawing as the values. Dayle has done that assignment in the past, so she came up with something different. She brought it in, finished, and I knew it should be in the show. It's a beautiful painting, but the power comes from the speech lettered to the side.”
“All of the students are just thrilled by the awards,” Ells added.
Seventeen other cash prizes ranging from $50 to $20 were awarded to Grade Division winners, grades ninth through 12th.
VISION 2015 consists of artwork from 13 southern Oregon high schools. The 104 works of art by 89 students on display in VISION 2015 came from the following high schools in alphabetical order: Bandon, Brookings-Harbor, Butte Falls, Coquille, Douglas, Gold Beach, Illinois Valley (in Cave Junction), Marshfield (in Coos Bay), Myrtle Point, North Bend, Oakland, Pacific (in Port Orford), and Reedsport Community Charter School.
Each year the VISION exhibition continues to present the talents of regional high school art students. VISION 2015 is on display in the upstairs galleries at Coos Art Museum through April 18.
Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic southern coast since 1966. It occupies a historic 1936 art deco U.S. federal building in downtown Coos Bay. The museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes, tours and lectures. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.