GUERNSEY--For the first time in school history, a Guernsey-Sunrise student will have her art work displayed in the Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne during the coming year.
Whitney Barnes is one of just 24 students whose work was chosen for the Congressional Art Award during the state’s annual Wyoming High School Art Symposium held at the Casper Events Center April 21-22. She will be honored along with the other winners during a ceremony in Cheyenne later this month.
Guernsey-Sunrise art instructor Cory Carter praised Whitney’s efforts saying, “I’m so proud of her hard work and dedication.”
Whitney;s exhibit was just one of over 4,000 entered in the symposium, an event that has been held for the past five decades, sponsored by The Wyoming Secondary Art Educators Association. The syposium features two and three dimensional art work by Wyoming high school students.
Having work featured at the art symposium has inspired some past entrants to continue seeking their future as artists, moving on to specialty and college courses. The art sypmposium is a sanctioned event by the Wyomng High School Activities Association. Scholarships are also part of the prize offerings each year.