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GISH senior’s artwork to be featured at UNDRground Contemporary Arts


Grand Island Senior High senior Enrique Martinez and his artwork will be featured as the next show at UNDRground Contemporary Arts. His show “Children’s Crusade” will be highlighted at a reception on Friday, May 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. The UNDRground Contemporary Arts is located at 103 W. Third St. in Grand Island. Admission to the show and reception is free.

Enrique’s work will be on display from May 3 through June 28. The gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

GISH art teacher Jerome Dubas spoke highly of Enrique.

“Enrique Martinez is an exceptional high school student at GISH,” Dubas said. “His talent warrants a solo show at the UNDRground - a gallery that exhibits art produced by emerging and established, professional artists.”

Enrique has produced more than 100 large-scale works in painting, printmaking, and ceramics while at GISH. He has had work accepted in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln juried exhibition for high school juniors and the Nebraska Wesleyan Juried Scholarship Show for seniors.

Over a three-year period, he has earned much recognition in the Scholastic Art Awards competition, which is the premiere national competition for visual arts. Each year more than 300,000 pieces are entered nationally in the Scholastic Art Awards competition. On the state level, Enrique's art has been awarded best of show, 18 gold key awards, 11 silver key awards, and five honorable mentions. Any work being designated with a gold key award is automatically entered into the National Scholastics Competition. Three-hundred of the 300,000 pieces of the art entered (or .1 percent) are awarded national gold key awards. Enrique has received three of these. His work will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York City this summer.

Enrique plans to study art at UNL next year, and his work is already in many private collections.

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