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Guyer Art Students Receive VASE Gold Seal Recognition


Guyer High School is proud to announce that four talented students and their artwork advanced to the State level and beyond at VASE, the Visual Art Scholastic Event in April 2017. These four students are the first to earn a Letterman in Art at Guyer! State VASE is the culminating event of a year of hard work and creative genius on behalf of the art students, teachers, and administrators in Texas. This event begins with each of the Regional Events scheduled during the months of January and February. 


State Qualifying Students were Lydia BelinskiMatthew HunterAshley Moudy, and Rachel Reed.


VASE recognized student artwork


Three of the four Guyer students advanced beyond State Level VASE, and were awarded the distinguished "Gold Seal" - the highest honors an art student can achieve in Texas. The artwork has been a part of a travelling display across the state of Texas since April, and will end with the Gold Seal exhibition at Moody Gardens in Galveston for the Texas Art Education Association state conference in November 2017.


Out of 32,177 artworks, 3 Guyer students were chosen to receive Gold Seal Honors. This is impressive considering only 150 artworks make it to Gold Seal level out of the original 32,177, which is about .5%. That means our Guyer students make up 2% of that .5%!



Rachel Reed - Grade 12 

"Secret Keeper" - Graphite Portrait


Matthew Hunter - Grade 12

"The Vulnerability of Youth" - Gouache


Ashley Moudy - Grade 12

"Portrait Oil on Canvas" - Oil 



What is VASE?

VASE is a UIL Equivalent Competition created to allow participation from students of the Visual Arts. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. Only academically eligible high school students in grades 9-12 from throughout Texas can participate in VASE.


How does an artwork earn Gold Seal recognition?

Gold Seal recognition represents the pinnacle of artistic success in the VASE program. The works of art have received the Superior Rating IV at each of the three jury levels.  Medals are awarded to those students receiving a Superior (Rating 4) rating in each division at the regional event and medallions are awarded to those students receiving an Exemplary (Rating 4) rating at the state event. The "Gold Seal" medallion is the top state award presented to Distinguished works of art chosen by the state jury panel.