SPPS 2020 Honors Visual Art Exhibition

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Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Honors Visual Art Exhibition! Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is grateful to collaborate with Minnesota Museum of American Art and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in the production of this magnificent exhibition. It celebrates the achievements and creativity of 24 student artists from each SPPS high school. Student artwork for the exhibition was selected by high school visual art teachers based on the criteria of Artistic Merit, Creativity, Originality, Execution, and Control of the Medium. Students also wrote artist statements to explain their inspiration and thought process while creating their art. The works in this exhibition demonstrate our students’ pathways to artistic self-discovery using applied technical skills, unique ideas, and experimentation with materials and processes. This creative process is one that involves critical problem solving, discipline, and playfulness.

Dr. Joe Gothard, Superintendent, Saint Paul Public Schools
Minnesota Museum of American Art
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts


Tou Lao
Johnson Senior High
Mystical Creature
Markers, 22” x 14 ⅛”

The Loch Ness monster is known to be sighted for years but many consider it extinct. I chose the color of the galaxy for it is bright and beautiful for the creature that rules the deep ocean. The ocean is not yet completely explored and those beautiful creatures could be lurking under us hiding its beauty.