International Student’s Art Earns State and National Recognition

Shi (Roxanne) Li’s sculpture “Carp” receives multiple accolades.
Carp by Roxanne Li (small)
Carp by Roxanne Li (small)
REDMOND, Wash. - April 3, 2014 - PRLog -- Last spring Shi (Roxanne) Li, then a sophomore at The Bear Creek School, enrolled in Mrs. Osborn’s Sculpture and Mixed Media class and created an amazing sculpture, “Carp.” Although “Carp” appears to be made of bronze, it is actually constructed from plaster, wire, newspaper, and acrylic paint. In the fall, Roxanne entered her sculpture in two major art contests and has been well decorated for her effort.

“Carp” was entered in the Puget Sound Educational Service District Regional High School Art Show where Roxanne won three awards. She was a Regional Winner, which advances her piece to the State Superintendent's High School Art Show in Olympia. She also earned the Board of Director's Honorable Mention Award and the Overall Best in Show Award (3D) for receiving the highest accumulation of points from the judges in the 3D category.

The Puget Sound Educational Service District represents 16 school district including 19 private schools, 42 public schools in King County, and 35 public schools in Pierce County. Roxanne's piece will be on exhibit at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction headquarters in Olympia, April 7 - May 29. The awards presentation and reception is on May 16.

Roxanne also entered “Carp” in the 2014 West Art Region-at-Large Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest. In the regional contest representing students from Montana, Utah, Idaho, and parts of Washington and Oregon, approximately 5% of all submissions, including Roxanne's piece, are recognized with Gold Key awards. Gold Key recipients are eligible for national medalist consideration.

“Carp” earned national recognition from the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, receiving a Silver Medal and an invitation to Carnegie Hall for the awards ceremony in June. Over 255,000 original works of art and writing were submitted to the 2014 Awards and just 1,800 were honored as National Medalists. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Roxanne is an international student from Guangzhou, China and currently a junior at The Bear Creek School. She has been a student at Bear Creek since grade 9, and lives with a local host family.  Her older sister Josie Xian (Josie) Li graduated from Bear Creek in 2013.  Roxanne’s work will be on exhibit locally, along with that of five other Bear Creek art students, at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, April 8-26. Roxanne’s exhibit is titled “Who Am I” and features six works in acrylic paint. See for more information about the student art show. An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at Parklane Gallery (130 Park Lane, Kirkland).

About The Bear Creek School

Founded in 1988, in Redmond, Washington, The Bear Creek School is an independent classical Christian school that believes only when faith, mind, and heart are fed together can someone experience the fullness of education, which produces leaders who think well and are compelled to engage the world.

The school serves students from the greater Eastside and is housed on four campuses.  Redmond Campus on Union Hill serves kindergarten to grade 12 students and Valley Campus, also in Redmond, serves preschool to grade 5 students. Bear Creek has two Early Childhood campuses in Woodinville and Sammamish serving preschool and prekindergarten students. The Bear Creek School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities, and the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools.

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