Where will you find over 20,000 works of art created by high school students from across the state of Texas? The event is called VASE. 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 a regional event. There they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standards 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 enrolled in a Texas public or private school can participate.
Saturday, February 6, fourteen students from Mason High School traveled to the Region 15 competition at San Angelo Central High School. Of those fourteen, ten were awarded the highest rating within their divisions and advanced to the next round of judging. After the final judging senior Eloy Rico and freshman Rio Schmidt advanced to the state competition. Last year approximately 1,444 students were selected as State Qualifiers and advanced to the State VASE Event held at the University of Houston Clear Lake. At the state event 666 artworks were awarded a Superior Rating and 103 artworks were granted Exemplary Statues with the coveted Gold Seal Award. The state event this year will be held April 9-11.