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CPHS Students Win Top Awards at Tri-County Exhibit

Crown Point High School seniors Gracie Kenda and Anabelle Hofmann have received the top awards at the 48th Annual Tri-County Exhibit sponsored by South Shore Arts of Northwest Indiana. Both students are in the CPHS AP Art & Design program, which is taught by art teacher Lindsay Cox.

annabelle poses with her artwork, including an image of the ocean

CHPS student Annabelle Hofmann

Middle and high school students from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in Indiana and south suburban Cook County in Illinois are invited to participate in the annual juried exhibition, which features original artwork created by students in grades six through twelve from public, private, and parochial schools. In 2022, 18 high schools and four middle schools participated.

Gracie Kenda is the recipient of the Donald H. Berwanger Scholarship Award of $2000. The scholarship is given to a graduating high school senior to attend an accredited college or university to study fine art. Because it is an endowment, the South Shore Arts presents this award every year. Seniors competing for the Berwanger Scholarship are entered by their teacher and must submit an application, portfolio, and a letter of recommendation.  

Anabelle Hofmann is the recipient of the Leslie Denmark Memorial Award of $1000. Donated by Tracy and Mark Schwimmer, this award is new for the Tri-County show. The Denmark-Schwimmer family has a long history of supporting South Shore Arts dating back several decades, and the family is establishing an endowment that will provide for the award in perpetuity. 

Each year, a long judging process is completed after schools finish their setup at the exhibit.  This year’s juror, Hannah Hammond-Hagman, is the Director of the Chesterton Art Center and a strong believer in the transformative power of the arts for individuals, families, and communities. For over eighteen years, she has worked in arts education and arts and cultural non-profits. earned her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA for Indiana University, Bloomington. Hammond-Hagman spent the better part of a full day inspecting and weighing the merits of each of the several hundred individual pieces, as well as the portfolios presented for the Donald H. Berwanger Scholarship.

gracie stands in front of artwork with birds and stars

CPHS student Gracie Kenda.

The Tri-County exhibition is April 11 - May 21, 2022, and can be viewed at Munster South Shore Arts Center located at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana.