The College of Mount St. Joseph has announced the winners of its 2012 High School Art Contest.
The first-place winner is Austin Schultz, a senior at Calvert High School in Tiffin, Ohio. His piece, “CAPS,” is a self-portrait made up of approximately 5,000 plastic bottle caps. Schultz collected bottle caps throughout the summer, and also had friends save them for him. The final piece is 4 feet by 5 feet and took about 50 to 70 hours to complete. Schultz said he was inspired by a similar project done by artist Mary Ellen Croteau.
Keith Kim, of Irvine High School in Irvine, Calif., won second place with his piece, “Stop Pollution,” and Daniel Zhou of Linn-Mar High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won third place with “City Street.”
“We’re very excited and proud of all of our winners,” said Trevor Griffith, project manager at the Mount. “Our hope with this contest each year is that it inspires high schoolers to stretch their limits and imaginations with their artwork, and we’re glad that we can give them a place to submit their work.”
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.