Paramount HS Art Exhibition

As part of AAUW’s mission to advance gender equity for women and girls, the St. Cloud Area (MN) Branch participates in and helps selects the Emerging Artist winners of the annual Juried High School Art Exhibition in conjunction with the Paramount Center for the Arts.

The 2021 Emerging Artists winners are:

Growing Together
Mixed Media – 3D
Catrielle Barnett (Grade 10)
Connections Academy

Catrielle said her work was inspired by the challenging times our state has experienced during the pandemic and how we have all grown stronger together.

Acrylic – 2D
Ashley Gruwell (Grade 10)

Ashley said she was inspired by watching sunsets while quarantined. The sky and nature brought her peace in this chaotic time.

The the winning selections were based on the high school artist’s composition, craftsmanship, process and expressive qualities. Each artist received $250.

The 2-D and 3-D artworks selected are examples of how these high school students used their art skills to visualize their own unique and personal experiences during this difficult time.

All of the high school students’ submissions were high quality and impressive. The entire exhibition was carefully considered in determining the winners by mutual agreement.

Our Committee

  • Bobbie McMonagle, abstract artist
  • Kathryn Gainey, arts educator
  • Lynn Metcalf, arts historian
  • Mary Lou Lenz, arts advocate

We are grateful to the St. Cloud area high school art educators for their guidance and expertise and to the Paramount Center for the Arts for continuing to be a strong supporter for the arts through education and community support.

Watch a video of the awards announcements for the show.