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Columbia Academy Students Take Home First- and Second-Place Awards in Youth Art Month

Two Columbia Academy (CA) eighth-grade students Mae Skaja and Sailor Sandvik were recognized this week for their outstanding artwork in the annual Youth Art Month (YAM) sponsored by Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM). This state-wide art exhibition emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. This year’s theme was “Art Connects Us.”

In the Middle Level Exhibition, Skaja’s watercolor landscape titled “Forest Landscape” (left) was awarded first place and Sandvik’s colored pencil drawing titled “Green Man” (right) was awarded second place.

“Mae and Sailor are among the most talented, thoughtful and humble young art students I have ever had the privilege of teaching in my 17 years in Columbia Heights,” said CA Art Teacher Arnie Hamel. “They both have a great passion for art, and while they appreciate the recognition, they really don’t seek it out. They both make art solely for the art itself.” 

The Virtual YAM Show will premier Monday, March 1 on the AEM website at aem-mn.org. Later in March, gift cards, ribbons and certificates will be mailed to students who placed in the show.

Skaja Forest Landscape    Sandvik Green Man