Art and music are creative outlets and stimuli for other portions of our brains that support and nurture other critical areas of complex learning.
The visual and performing art programs in the TC District are extremely important to a well rounded student educational success experience and each year, students in the art program at Tuba City High continue to enter and win student art awards with the support and guidance of stellar award winning, Hopi artist and teacher Richard Dawavendewa.
Dawavendewa continues to win awards for his two dimensional art work at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Art Market and has been the featured poster artist of Phoenix's Casa Grande Art show. Dawavendewa has placed consistently each year in the contemporary division of Hopi art at the Museum of Northern Arizona's annual Hopi Market.
This year, Dawavendewa mentored his talented young artists into entering both the Northland Pioneer College juried High School Art Show and also the Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show. Students brought home ribbons from each separate show.
This year's winners from the Heard Museum show are: Chelsea Sieweyumptewa (Hopi/Navajo) from Shipaulovi, scholarship winner; Lance Dawavendewa (Hopi), from Moencopi Village, First Place Graphics and Printmaking Division; Stewart Nez (Navajo) from Tuba City, Honorable Mention for his painting.
Student art winners at the Northland Pioneer College show are: Latrice Billie (Navajo), from Tuba City, Honorable Mention, 2D Printmaking; Lance Dawavendewa (Hopi), Moencopi Village, Second Place, 2D Printmaking; Corey Kewanwyma (Hopi) from Moencopi Village, Third Place, 2D Printimaking; Chelsea Sieweyumpewa (Hopi-Navajo) of Sipaulovi Village, Honorable Mention 2D Printmaking; and Terriesa Selestewa (Hopi), of Hotevilla Village, Honorable Mention, 2D Printmaking.
Of the 1,000+ student submissions, only 11 students were selected for final awards at the Heard Museum Show.
Sieweyumptewa stated, "I grew up on art because my father, Henry Sieweyumptewa. I believe that my talent and passion for art came from him. Through Mr. Dawavendawa's class at TC High and the student art shows, I have gained more art skills and knowledge of art, so much so, that I want to puruse my art through a higher education institution."
Nez commented, "Art is a very creative and realistic thing to me. I enjoy drawing and painting, coming up with my own ideas. This is my first year to ever win an award, with it meaning even more, since I know that the Heard Museum is a very hard art place to sell or even win an award."
Dawavendewa is careful to nurture student ability, critique and offer ways to improve student art skills but he is also mindful to have students expand on their talents and challenge their abilities, just like a professional level art school would demand. This attention to and expectation of his students has only raised the level of achievement for their talents and has also inspired many of them to consider art as a serious career choice.
Dawavendewa is reflective in his comments on his student arts accomplishments and likes to share his opinions of how well they did.
For more information about the art program at Tuba City High School, call the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1185.