Spot light on Art Education Award!

 Seniors, Joshua E., Emily M., and Veronica J. have been selected for the : 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners (consecutively) for the spot light on Art Education contest..  The Art Education of Minnesota Board selected these students based on their essays, outstanding credentials and art work. Congratulations to Joshua, Emily, Veronica and Ms. Halker-Saathoff for nominating ALL of them for this significant recognition award.

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge graduating seniors who have demonstrated a high level of artistic, academic, leadership and interpersonal relationship skills. This award is intended to encourage recipients to pursue a career in visual art education. The selection of Joshua, Emily and Veronica to receive this award is also predicated on their instructor’s opinion that she has what it takes to be a qualified visual art instructor.

They each will receive a signed certificate from which copies may be used to serve as an accompanying recommendation with various applications for admission to any post-secondary art education program. The prizes they will also receive are: 1st Place- 200.00; 2nd Place-100.00; 3rd Place– 75.00 gift card for art supplies available through Triarco Art Supplies Catalog. As the 1st Place Winner, Joshua E. and Mrs. Halker are invited to attend and be our honorary guests at our next annual fall conference on November 2019. 


The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Arts Scholarships

We have more exciting news from the High School Visual Arts Department!

At the April 11, 2019 meeting, The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Arts Scholarships to sixteen students totaling $24,000.  Six of the sixteen Art scholarships were awarded to  STMA Visual Art students!

The Student Arts Scholarship Program is designed to support individuals entering or enrolled in an accredited institution and who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the arts. Applicants are eligible to receive up to four Student Arts Scholarships in a lifetime.

A panel of volunteer artists, arts professionals and educators evaluate each applicant according to established criteria. The CMAB directors received the recommendation from the panel and awarded funding to applicants that scored the highest.

 Current Graduates:

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Medical Illustration at 
Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Art Scholarship 
BFA in Interior Design at
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

St. Michael, MN 
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship

Product Design at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Former Graduates:

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Art Scholarship Game Design and Development at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship Fine Arts at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts and Theater at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN


US Congressional Art Competition – First and Second Place!

Congratulations to Josh Eull and Mady Vrkljan for their achievement in the US Congressional Art Competition. Josh won a 2nd place with his piece “USBee” and Mady won 1st place with her piece “Until I See You Again”.  Josh’s piece will be displayed in John Emmer’s office and Mady’s piece will be displayed in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. This is a huge honor for our students and our school.

Another National Scholastic Win!

St. Michael-Albertville high school art department is proud to announce that student Morgan Smith (grade 12) received top honors in the National Scholastic Art and Writing contest! Morgan won a Gold Medal and an American Visions Medal for Photography! The title of her piece is called Soulful Moments.

Also, Cobin Szymanski Cobin (grade 10) won a  Silver Medal for a Critical Essay.

This remarkable achievement with nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the 2019 Scholastic Awards. Our student’s work was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Receiving a National Medal places your student(s) within the top 1% of all submissions!

About the Medals:

The American Voices & Visions Medals, the highest regional honors, are given to one writer and one artist from each region.

Five works of writing and five works of art from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Voices Medal or an American Visions Medal, a non-financial highest regional honor. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City.

Youth Arts Month – Best in Show!

Best in Show from Ayodele Ogunlana.

At the end of the March at the Minnesota State Capital  Youth, Art Month Student Exhibition was judged. There were 100 entries. St. Michael-Albertville High school and Fieldstone Elementary did very well. At Fieldstone Elementary, Prince Valentine won a Judges choice award. At the High School in 2nd Place High – Hannah Miller, 1st Place High – Emily Markgraf Judges Choice award to Joshua Eull and Best Overall: Ayodele Ogunlana! Ayodele will received a $1,000 Check from Sargent Art.