2012 ASAA All State Art Competition

Imagine the benefits of an online All-State Art Competition—a dedicated Alaska Schools Activity Association (ASAA) online art site becomes a virtual gallery, and increased student participation from twenty-three Alaska high schools.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District celebrates all the students in our district who participated this year, and especially commends Irina Ruetov for her Second Place win in the Ceramic category, and Julia Buhlmann for her Honorable Mention in the Mixed Media category.


Ceramic Second Place


Irina Ruetov, 12th grade, Homer High School

Artist Statement: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” -Marilyn Monroe 

“Quotes are one of my inspirations. I use a variety of mediums such as oil paint, ceramics, and mixed media when constructing my work. I create pieces that focus on blending colors with other painted objects on canvas. Texture and color are my most loved aspects of art. I often envision more than one concept in an art form. My work, I’ve found, is very feminine because all women are beautiful in their own way. A reason why I love art so much is because you can create something out of nothing, art is never perfect and it shouldn’t be.” -- Irina Ruetov 


Mixed Media Honorable Mention

Follow the Bird

Julia Buhlmann, 10th grade, Skyview High School

Artist Statement: My work represents energy and different activities, such as saber fencing, swimming, dancing, but also art, science and alldaylife. It is influenced by my environment and holds the vivid colours to reflect its feeling. International themes are also involved, such as the Brandenburger Tor of Berlin and the Statue of Liberty.” -- Julia Buhlmann

ASAA writes, “This year the All-State Art Competition takes place online at a dedicated ASAA art website. The ASAA Board of Directors approved this change in order to increase participation and ensure the long term success of the competition. This follows a growing trend with many other Art competitions.”


Virtual gallery http://asaa.org/art/  

2012 AASA All-State Art Competition http://asaa.org/activities/art/