Winning entries and finalists in juried high school art contest on exhibit at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site News Release

Release date: For Immediate Release
Contact: Grant Glenn
Phone number: (785) 235-5330

High School Art Exhibition Displayed through January 23

Topeka, KS –Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is hosting a student art show titled, “Kansans . . . As Talented As You Think!” Featuring the winners and finalists of the juried high school art competition in eight categories, the exhibit is free and open to the public until January 23. This year’s winner of the Best of Show category is Brent Lambert, a senior at Topeka West high school for his entry in the black and white photography category.

For the last eight years, Kansas Native Sons and Daughters have sponsored the Kansas High School Art Contest, “Kansans…As Talented As You Think!” Other sponsors include Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, the law firm of Woner, Glenn, Reeder & Girard, P.A., and the Andrea P. Glenn Foundation for Education and Community Service of the Topeka Community Foundation.

All judging is done “blind” meaning the judges are not told the hometown or where the artist attends school. This year, Kansans Karen Gerety Folk from Overland Park, Ron Michael from Lindsborg, and Katherine Walker Schlageck from Manhattan have served as preliminary judges choosing the finalists in each category. This year’s finalist judge was Mike Michaelis from Wichita. Michaelis chose the “Best of Show” and the winners from the various categories after viewing the original art works from the finalists. Mike is the chairman of Emprise Bank based in Wichita; he has assembled an art collection of more than 2,000 works. This collection includes works by more than 700 artists, most of whom are Kansans or have Kansas collections. Mike was born in Russell, Kansas and he graduated from Wichita High School Southeast and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Kansas.

Karen Gerety Folk is curator of education at The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, in Overland Park. Both of her parents and grandparents were from Kansas, and she graduated from Lansing High School and the University of Kansas. Ron Michael is curator at The Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg. In addition to having Master’s degrees from both the University of Kansas and Emporia State, he has an undergraduate degree from Fort Hays. He is also a ceramic artist, specializing in clay dug from Kansas sites. Katherine Walker Schlageck is the senior curator of education at the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Having grown up in Emporia, she received a BA from Stanford and an MA from the College of William and Mary.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in public schools. The site is located at 1515 SE Monroe Street in Topeka, Kansas, and is open free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The site is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information call (785) 354-4273 or visit www.nps.gov/brvb and www.facebook.com/brownvboardnps.

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